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Walker signs bill repealing racial profiling law

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill repealing a statewide mandate requiring police to gather racial data during traffic stops.

Walker signed the bill Wednesday ending requirements that officers collect the age, zip code, gender and ethnicity of drivers and passengers.

Democrats passed the requirements when they controlled the Legislature, arguing the data will prove whether racial profiling exists in Wisconsin. Some police have countered the requirements are too time-consuming.

After signing Senate Bill 15 into law, Walker issued the following statement:

"This law eliminates an unfunded mandate on local law enforcement and maximizes our crime fighting resources," Governor Scott Walker said. "During tight budget times we need to set priorities in all areas of government, and this bill allows law enforcement agencies to focus on doing their job-protecting and serving the public. I thank Senators Lazich and Wanggaard and Representative Kathy Bernier for their leadership on this issue, as well as the broad coalition of sheriffs and chiefs of police across Wisconsin who supported this legislation."

 

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