One of the most contentious or California’s new laws is a strengthening of the state’s racial profiling law. It’s about hard data, and it forces all law enforcement organizations to report the race of every person stopped by officers. Police associations were and are still strongly against the law. But advocates say it can hold police accountable for actions based on racial bias and stereotyping.

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There are many other states with some kind of racial profiling law, but the restrictions and the enforcement vary widely. What’s becoming increasingly clear to Americans is the tremendous authority police have to stop people, search them, and potentially shoot them. And not a lot of transparency into what they’re doing and how they do it.

The law won’t go into effect for several more years. Some of the largest police departments will start reporting the demographic data in 2019. Smaller departments will begin in 2023.