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Support builds for targeting discrimination against bikers

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm with 6 Comments »
January 19, 2011 3:08 pm

Rep. Steve Kirby has revived a bill that aims to prevent police discrimination against motorcycle riders.

Motorcyclists descended on Olympia last year, complaining that police pull them over and search them for no reason except for their choice of clothing and vehicles.

It’s profiling, they say. So Kirby modeled his bill on one that cracked down on racial profiling. It requires police departments to have policies and training in place to prevent discrimination.

A similar bill last year passed 96-2 in the House, only to die in the Senate. But this year it has a companion bill in the Senate supported by Sen. Jim Hargrove, so it could have a better chance. Kirby said the Senate bill is the version he expects to move forward.

Police groups say it’s unnecessary and police don’t target motorcycles. Kirby acknowledges the problem is not widespread, but it happens in some areas, he says.

“It’s just like racial profiling was in its day,” Kirby said. “It wasn’t all police and it wasn’t everywhere.”

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  1. GiveItaRest says:

    “Police groups say it’s unnecessary and police don’t target motorcycles”

    The fact is some do.

    Another fact is that policies and training to prevent discrimination are beneficial and their effects will bleed over to other areas and improve them as well. Hearing the same message from different angles can only help reienforce the message.

    Pass the bills.

  2. hortonpeak says:

    Jordan, your bias’ really are quite evident. Anti-abortion folks converge but motorcycle folks descend on Olympia. Oh, those pesky words. They do have meanings but then, on the other hand, you may simply be using words without regard for meanings. Cheers.

  3. denismenis says:

    Yeah, don’t discriminate, especially the ones wearing colors that ran a State trooper off the road, then laughed and taunted him as he lay injured in his vehicle last year.

    Wouldn’t want to target those guys, would we.

  4. Whatever1214 says:

    Don’t profile, but cite everyone with a loud modified illegal exhaust system.

  5. hortonpeak says:

    But then the “trooper” was perfect. Think about it before you roast me. “Assholes” are “assholes” . As to the specific incident, as I recollect, depending on “unbiased” news reporting, the “bikers” were assholes. But is that true all the time?

  6. Omega6234 says:

    Discrimination and profiling work plain and simple. If most of those profiled and discriminated against kept their nose clean we would not even know what profiling is.

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