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Improving Interactions Between Police And Minorities

OPB | April 10, 2013 12:45 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 12:41 a.m.

Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) wants more data on how police interact with citizens from different racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. He’s sponsoring a bill that would require the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to study racial and economic disparities in police encounters as well as hiring and recruitment of minorities in law enforcement.

Frederick, who is African-American, has been stopped by police near his home in Portland and he says he’s heard from constituents who have their own stories about uncomfortable interactions with cops.

Do you work in law enforcement? Are you a member of a minority community? What do you think could be gained from gathering data on police interactions with minorities?

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