Traffic tickets could gather demographic data

Posted at 6:06 AM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 08:06:51-04

Colorado lawmakers are working on a plan to quantify racial profiling by law enforcement in the state.

The goal is to to collect demographic data on arrests, stops, and searches to determine if there are troublesome trends.

Current state law bars police profiling based on race, ethnicity, age or gender.

However, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and Denver's independent watchdog of the police department told lawmakers that the state lacks comprehensive data on how often profiling happens.

Alabama and Maryland already have this system. Officials say it has it helped with getting data and is also making traffic stops faster.

Any legislation the committee decides to introduce will happen at the beginning of the next legislative session in January.