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California Decriminalizes Jaywalking Because ‘People of Color' Are Most Often Ticketed

Added 10-02-22 04:41:02pm EST - “California has decriminalized jaywalking because "people of color" are the ones who are most often ticketed. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the new law,? AB 2147, or The Freedom to Walk Act, on Friday. The bill had been introduced by…” - Thegatewaypundit.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thegatewaypundit.com: “California Decriminalizes Jaywalking Because 'People of Color' Are Most Often Ticketed”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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Ting’s office added, “AB 2147 is Ting’s second attempt to decriminalize jaywalking in California, as he pursues fairness in the way fines are assessed and prevention of potentially escalating police stops. Jaywalking is arbitrarily enforced throughout California, with tickets disproportionately given to people of color and lower-income individuals who cannot afford tickets that can often total hundreds of dollars. When the law goes into effect on January 1, 2023, fewer working families will struggle to pay the costly citation, and police would not be able to use jaywalking as a pretext to detain someone.”

Tings office included a statement from Zal Shroff, Senior Staff Attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, who claimed that jaywalking laws are used as a “pretext to stop and harass people, especially low-income people and people of color.”

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