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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2002 12:00 am

By MARK M. MILAM

Valley Morning Star

PORT ISABEL Needing money to install the video and audio equipment necessary

for police to comply with the new state mandate on racial profiling, city

commissioners recently approved a resolution asking for the states

assistance.

Senate Bill 1074 went into effect Jan. 1 and is aimed at preventing racial

profiling by law enforcement officers. Part of the law requires that

information be recorded for each traffic and pedestrian stop and that data be

compiled in an annual report.

A municipality can be exempt from recording the information if it certifies to

the Department of Public Safety that it needs funds to install audio and video

equipment and it does not receive the assistance.

Speaking to commissioners at Tuesdays meeting, City Attorney John Haywood

said the cost of the equipment could be as high as $40,000 for the

departments six cars, but that it was likely the citys needs would be met.

If you certify to the department that you dont have the money to equip our

police cars and we do not they will provide by the end of the year that

equipment or money for the cars, Haywood said.

The commissioners unanimously approved the resolution to certify the need for

funds or equipment.

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