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WA lawmakers protect motorcyclists from profiling

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- When people hear the word profiling, many automatically think, "racial profiling," but people who ride  motorcycles and wear riding gear say they've endured lots of discrimination from police over the years.

"They'll actually detain them, handcuff them, take pictures of them, search their belongings, and then dispatch them as if it was a trophy. By 30 minutes on the ground with handcuffs on and to be not charged with anything and released is certainly a violation of an individual's rights," says Donnie Landsman, a Richland man who is a legislative officer for ABATE, a Washington riding non-profit group.

Landsman is glad to announce,  Washington that has all has changed. Governor Gregoire signed a new bill into law Tuesday, outlawing state troopers and local police from profiling motorcyclists.

The new law is modeled after a 2002 Washington law outlawing racial profiling by police.  The bill passed both legislative chambers unanimously before being signed into law.

Motorcycle profiling is defined when  officers single out people who ride motorcycles or wear biker garb, stopping, questioning, searching or arresting them without legal grounds.  
 
The law goes into affect in July.

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