California Board Calls for Bias Reviews of Police Social Media

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A state advisory board in California has recommended that police agencies routinely review the cell phones, computers and social media pages of police officers for racist and otherwise offensive content in an effort to weed out officers who are prone to racial profiling, reports The Root.

The recommendation came after the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board released its fourth annual report, which analysed nearly four million vehicle and pedestrian stops by California’s 15 largest law enforcement agencies in 2019.

The report found that people who were perceived as Black were more than twice as likely to be stopped as their percentage of the population would suggest, had the highest proportion of their stops (21 percent) for reasonable suspicion, were searched at 2.5 times the rate of people perceived as white, and had 1.45 times greater odds of force being used against them.

However, the board only recommended that officers’ department-issued phones and computers be checked, which means cops can potentially continue being racist in text messages and emails sent from their personal devices.

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