Alabama State Senator wants to identify, stop racial profiling

An Alabama state senator is again proposing a bill to identify and ban the practice of racial profiling by police.

Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, first introduced a racial profiling bill 15 years ago. He said the issue is probably more important now because of tensions between law enforcement and citizens.

Smitherman has filed his latest bill in advance of the legislative session, which starts March 5.

The senator said one key change it would require is that police would document every traffic stop, including the race of the driver and the reason for the stop. The senator said traffic stops should be documented even if there is no ticket issued or arrest.

“You want to make sure that when you stop someone you have a justifiable reason and you are able to substantiate that reason,” Smitherman said.