Progressive Discussion Group Will Focus on Racial Profiling, Policing in Minority Communities

Published : Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 4:55 AM

This Friday, September 6, Pasadena’s Progressive Discussion Group will discuss the problem of racial profiling, policing in minority communities, and the Racial Identity and Profiling Act of 2015 (RIPA), at Du-par’s Restaurant and Bakery in Pasadena.

The panelists are expected to discuss when RIPA will be implemented in Pasadena, and what a recent study of traffic stop data in Pasadena reveals about some of the current local policing practices.

The State of California passed the Racial Identity and Profiling Act in 2015, requiring that police record the racial and ethnic data of people they stop. It also calls for proper documentation of racial profiling, with the aim of strengthening police-community relations through collaboration, transparency, and accountability.

On Friday, panelists include Matt Sahak, Associate Attorney in the Law Offices of John Burton specializing in police misconduct and inmate abuse. He is a graduate of Southwestern Law School and has worked as a court clerk with Judge Ferdinand Fernandez of the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The other panelist is Kris Ockershauser, founding member and chair of the Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police (CICOPP), and past president of the ACLU-Pasadena/Foothills Chapter. Ockershauser has been working to reform policing practices in Pasadena for over 15 years.

During the past five years, CICOPP has organized the community to achieve better police-community relations. It also convinced the City of Pasadena to agree to early implementation of RIPA.

The discussion will be moderated by Ed Washatka, member of Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!) and of the ACT/Arroyo Democratic Club.

The Pasadena Progressive Discussion Group meeting will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at the backroom of Du-par’s Restaurant and Bakery, located at 214 S. Lake Avenue.

Please be mindful to order coffee and something to eat. There is no minimum order and checks will be separate. There’s also plenty of parking behind the restaurant. You can enter the parking lot off of Cordova, east of Lake Avenue.

For questions, email Ed Washatka, Convener, at ed.washatka@gmail.com, or Ron Garber, Program Chair at ronagarber@yahoo.com.

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