What’s unique is that there’s an explicit element of race in this.
It’s speaking directly to this wave of viral incidents of ‘living while black.’ There’s a lot of good that comes from the writing of a statute like that. It acknowledges that there’s a history of this.
The section on “biased crime reporting” would make it a criminal misdemeanour punishable by up to a $500 (£387) to call the police on “people of colour and other protected classes who have not done anything wrong”.
“If you’re in a park or see someone coming through the neighbourhood who doesn’t look like you, check your bias before you call the police,” said Patricia Caudill, the city’s diversity and inclusion manager.
He added that he’s “absolutely not telling people not to call the police” but rather to only do so if people genuinely feel like they’re in harm’s way.
Kymie Spring, a community organiser with the Creston Neighbourhood Association is one of the residents who support the changes:
But we don’t want people to look at someone as the way they look, and then complain to me or the police that they shouldn’t be on their street or on their block.
Another proposed change is removing discriminatory housing practices.
City Manager Mark Washington says the commission could vote on the proposal on 14 May.