An Act prohibiting profiling of motorcyclists and motorcycle-only checkpoints

By October 17, 2019General Posts

MA State House, Public Hearing, S. 1399,

By Ms. DiZoglio (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1399) of Paul W. Cote and Anne M. Gobi for legislation to prohibit profiling of motorcyclists and motorcycle-only checkpoints. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
SECTION 1. No law enforcement officer or agency shall establish or conduct “motorcycle-only” checkpoints.
(1) The criminal justice training commission shall ensure that issues related to motorcycle profiling are addressed in basic law enforcement training and offered to in-service law enforcement officers in conjunction with existing training regarding profiling.
(2) Local law enforcement agencies shall add a statement condemning motorcycle profiling to existing policies regarding profiling.
(3) For the purposes of this section, “motorcyclist profiling” means the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle-related paraphernalia as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle with or without an otherwise legal basis under the United States Constitution or Massachusetts Constitution.
This act shall take effect upon its passage.
 PC in MA
–Paul Cote