California Cop Photographs Motorcycles, Checks Registrations, But Not For Cars

Police in Sonora, California, were filmed on May 10 photographing parked motorcycles and checking registration papers, but not doing the same for cars.

Motorcyclist and YouTube user Jus Brothers Nate Smith filmed the officers, and wrote a description of the incident, which may have been illegal profiling:

Sonora Police started taking pictures of all the bikes license plates, saying that we are all in a motorcycle gang. Police Officer admits it on Camera. People are mentioning the No Parking signs, those no parking signs were dating for that coming Saturday and this Bike Night was on a Tuesday. The coming Saturday was a rodeo parade. The No Parking signs were not valid when the video was taken.

California Code, Penal Code – PEN § 13519.4 forbids identity profiling:

Racial or identity profiling is a practice that presents a great danger to the fundamental principles of our Constitution and a democratic society.  It is abhorrent and cannot be tolerated. Racial or identity profiling alienates people from law enforcement, hinders community policing efforts, and causes law enforcement to lose credibility and trust among the people whom law enforcement is sworn to protect and serve.

The Sonora Police Department has refused to comment.

(Source: Jus Brothers Nate Smith/YouTube)

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