MNGOP Rep. Steve Drazkowski introduces anti-motorcycle profiling bill
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These days, when public officials talk about profiling, they’re usually referring to the racial sort.

But one of the first bills introduced during the 2015 legislative session aims at tackling a very different sort of profiling issue.

Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) has introduced legislation “establishing policies to address motorcycle profiling.”

“The legislature finds that the reality or public perception of motorcycle profiling alienates people from police, hinders community policing efforts, and causes law enforcement to lose credibility and trust among the people law enforcement is sworn to protect and serve,” the bill says. “No stop initiated by a peace officer should be made without a legitimate reason; the fact that someone rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle paraphernalia is not a legitimate reason.”

“Law enforcement policies and training programs must emphasize the need to respect the balance between the rights of all persons to be free from unreasonable governmental intrusions and law enforcement’s need to enforce the law,”…………… continues on FOX 9 News

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gustavo Banda, 29, is charged with a third-degree felony, accused of heisting $ 18,000 worth of Pepperidge Farm cookies and crackers inside a stolen trailer. Police say Joshua Paul Schoen, 33, was at the wheel when police made the stop — reportedly prompted after a turn signal wasn’t used. Banda was allegedly a passenger in the truck hauling the trailer.  Police say they later learned he was the one who backed up the pickup while Schoen hooked up the trailer to the truck.

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Police made the stop in the 2300 block of Rutland Rive on Jan. 3, noticing that the trailer had defective taillights. Police also say the trailer’s back license plate — a temporary tag — was unreadable, which they later came to find out didn’t belong to the trailer but was rather registered to a BMW.

In addition to Schoen’s alleged nervous behavior, police say they were tipped off about something being wrong when they noticed a set of bolt cutters, flashlights and screwdrivers inside the pickup — tools reportedly commonly used in burglaries and thefts. Police also noticed Schoen and Banda dressed all in black, both allegedly wearing black gloves. The trailer also reportedly had signs of forced entry, and the punched-out door lock had “tool marks consistent with a screwdriver.”…………… continues on

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