Tue February 22, 2011
Bill calls for stronger protection from racial profiling
By FLO JONIC
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – More than two dozen community groups are backing a bill that would strengthen protections against racial profiling in Rhode Island. It's the fourth time the legislation has been introduced.
Two years ago Brian Capcap, a Filipino, was stopped by Cranston police as he walked to his cousin's house. He says they gave him no reason for the intrusion.
"The cop behind me tackled me. I was put to the floor and I started to bleed from my nose. I started to ask what did I do'? And the only response I got was stop resisting,'" says Capcap.
Capcap was one of half a dozen people to voice support at a press conference for a stronger racial profiling bill in Rhode Island.
The legislation, introduced by State Representative Grace Diaz, would require police to document in writing their reasons for conducting a search and would limit the questioning of passengers when there are no grounds to suspect illegal activity.
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