Alabama Senate passes bill to prohibit, track racial profiling in traffic stops

January 17, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of a bill that would define racial profiling, prohibit law enforcement officers from engaging in it and require law enforcement agencies to track the race of those pulled over for traffic stops.

Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, introduced the bill, which would require agencies, including local police departments, county sheriffs and ALEA, to file reports with the Attorney General’s Office that including the race and ethnicity of motorists stopped by law enforcement.

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State still behind in LGBT protection as lawmakers return to Montgomery, LGBT group says

January 11, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

As lawmakers make their way back to Montgomery for the Legislative Session this year, a branch of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization says Alabama is still far behind in its protections for LGBT people.

The State Equality Index, an annual comprehensive report released by the Human Rights Campaign rating each state’s laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, recently placed Alabama in the “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality” category — the lowest category on the scorecard.

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The coward’s way

January 30, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Know a sentence you never hear anyone say?

“Boy, that discrimination really worked out for us.”

Think about it. Thousands of years of discrimination based on race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation and heritage, but no one ever looks back on any of it and thinks about how great it all was.

That’s especially true in the US.

No one ever fondly remembers the time we turned away Jewish refugees trying to escape Hitler. Or happily brings up the days when whites used to not drink from the same fountain as blacks. Or tells their kids bedtime stories about the days of locking up Japanese-Americans in camps.

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