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Proposed bill takes aim at racial profiling in Wisconsin


MADISON (WKOW) -- State Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D- Madison) introduced a bill on Friday to help end racial profiling in Wisconsin.

The proposal is a reaction to an incident in August 2018, where Stubbs was knocking door to door for the 77th Assembly District.

Stubbs said she was humiliated when a caller told 911 they suspected she was part of a drug deal.

Stubbs said she doesn't want others to experience what she went through and is raising awareness about dangerous biases and perceptions about race.

"That incident did not stop me. Because of that incident, I'm standing here today fighting on behalf of everyone across the state and across the nation who is experiencing profiling just because of their race," Stubbs said.

The bill is meant to give victims of racial profiling a voice and a way to exercise their constitutional rights, according to a press release.

The bill will also create a civil cause of action for racially motivated police calls or profiling by proxy.

If the bill is passed, victims of racial profiling can file a complaint and sue callers for $250.

"This bill creates a pathway to victims who feel humiliated, discriminated, the fear of having police call them for doing nothing but existing," Stubbs said.

Stubbs hopes that representatives and senators from both sides of the aisle will support this bill.

WXOW Staff

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