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VOL. 39 | NO. 16 | Friday, April 17, 2015

Proposal requiring racial profiling ban headed to governor

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would require all of Tennessee's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. John DeBerry of Memphis was approved 93-0 in the House on Monday. The Senate passed the proposal 28-0 last month.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam will review the legislation when it reaches his desk.

Supporters say the measure is in response to a series of incidents involving white police officers killing unarmed black men over the last year.

Previous efforts to require racial profiling policies have fallen short in the Legislature over the years. Lawmakers in 2005 ordered a comptroller's study on the role of ethnicity in traffic stops by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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