Ruff Call: CA Lawmakers Seek To Ban Police Dogs Over Racism

  • A bill to ban police dogs has passed the California Assembly’s public safety committee, with legislators citing “racial bias and violence against black Americans and people of color” as the reason for the bill, Fox News reported Tuesday.
  • Assembly Bill 742 bans “the use of police dogs for arrests, apprehensions, and crowd control,” which the bill’s coauthor, Democratic assemblyman Corey Jackson, called “a deeply racialized and harmful practice.”
  • The bill rips into K-9 units as part of “this country’s dehumanizing, cruel, and violent abuse of black Americans,” specifically claiming the dogs were “first used by slave catchers.”
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