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LEGAL The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 By Martin J. Mayer, General Counsel California Police Chiefs Association O n October 3, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 953, authored by State Assembly member Shirley Weber, a Democrat from San Diego. According to the Legislative Counsel’s Digest: “This bill would enact the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015, which would, among other changes, revise the definition of racial profiling to instead refer to racial or identity profiling, and make a conforming change to the prohibition against peace officers engaging in that practice.” This Bill will add section 12525.5 to the Government Code of California. 6 California Police Chief | www.californiapolicechiefs.org Elements of the Law “The bill would require each state and local agency that employs peace officers to annually report to the Attorney General data on all stops, as defined, conducted by the agency’s peace officers, and require that data to include specified information, including the time, date, and location of the stop, and the reason for the stop.” The bill would require an agency that employs 1,000 or more peace officers to issue its first annual report by April 1, 2019; an agency that employs 667 or more but less than 1,000 peace officers to issue its first annual report by April 1, 2020; an agency that employs 334 or more but less than 667 peace officers to