Raimondo signs bill to improve police community relations

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo says a bill aimed at improving the relationship between police departments and the communities they serve will make the state safer and protect people’s civil rights.

Departments will be required to continue collecting data on race at traffic stops and report back on ways they’re addressing any racial disparities.

The bill prohibits searching juveniles without reasonable suspicion or probable cause of criminal activity.

The Democratic governor signed it Tuesday.

Democratic Rep. Joseph Almeida, a retired police officer, and Sen. Harold Metts started working on the bill before the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

But they say the public unrest over police shootings shows it’ll take a significant effort to establish trust between law enforcement and minority communities.

They say addressing racial profiling will help.

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