Every day in Oregon, people are targeted by law enforcement based on their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, language, housing status, sexual orientation or gender identity—in our streets and in our own neighborhoods.
Oregon is one of eight states that does not currently ban profiling. We have no way for people to report cases of profiling, no system for documenting incidents, no data to track the scale of the problem, and no tools to maintain accountability.
There's no coordinated state policy to address it, even though 85% of Oregonians believe that law enforcement should not be allowed to profile. Those regularly targeted by police often feel like prisoners in their own communities.
HB 2002 was introduced by the Center for Intercultural Organizing and is being championed by a broad coalition of community partners throughout Oregon. It’s designed to put an end to profiling in Oregon by clearly defining the problem in statute, collecting better data, and providing a path for reporting profiling complaints.
Yesterday, we made huge progress when HB 2002 moved out of the House Judiciary Committee. Now it’s headed to the Joint Ways and Means Committee before the final floor vote in the House.
This could be huge for Oregonians, but we need to keep reminding our Senators that we need it. We can accomplish real change if we stand together. Communities across the country are rallying together to speak out against profiling, and our voices are going to be heard.