California Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve White, right, stands outside the office of Gov. Jerry Brown as protesters shouting “Black lives matter” block the hallway on Sept. 2, 2015, demanding passage of AB953, which would change the definition of “racial profiling” and require local law enforcement agencies to collect demographic data, including the race of those they stop. Brown later signed the bill.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve White, right, stands outside the office of Gov. Jerry Brown as protesters shouting “Black lives matter” block the hallway on Sept. 2, 2015, demanding passage of AB953, which would change the definition of “racial profiling” and require local law enforcement agencies to collect demographic data, including the race of those they stop. Brown later signed the bill. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve White, right, stands outside the office of Gov. Jerry Brown as protesters shouting “Black lives matter” block the hallway on Sept. 2, 2015, demanding passage of AB953, which would change the definition of “racial profiling” and require local law enforcement agencies to collect demographic data, including the race of those they stop. Brown later signed the bill. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file
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