Police could not stop the driver under the proposed law due to a minor breach in Oregon

Oregon Legislatures will hold a hearing on the bill on Monday, telling law enforcement officers that drivers can refuse to search during traffic outages, and pulling someone on the basis of only minor violations, such as broken taillights. Requests to be banned.

Senate Bill 1510 It will take part of the 2002 bill that died at the 2021 legislative meeting and reform the conditions for parole and probation, as well as the way drivers interact with law enforcement agencies.

If it becomes a law, the bill no longer allows police to pull the driver because of one broken headlight, tail brake light, or license plate light. Police officers can issue tickets to drivers for those equipment breaches, even if the initial outage is due to another unsafe driving breach.

In addition, police officers must seek consent to search for a vehicle and obtain that consent in writing or by audio or video recording.

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Advocacy groups such as Transforming a coalition of justice When Next Up Action Fund Unnecessary interactions with the police, such as stopping minor traffic violations, are said to affect people of color disproportionately. The goal is to reduce the interactions that can escalate to violence.

New York Times Survey Since 2021, police have determined that in the last five years, they have killed more than 400 drivers or passengers nationwide who have not used guns or knives or have not tracked violent crimes.

However, some law enforcement officers and district attorneys claim that the proposed Oregon state law reduces road safety.

Babak Zolfaghari-Azar, a supporter and member of the Transforming Justice Coalition, said that many Oregon people, especially blacks, indigenous peoples, Latino Americans, and other people of color, have “unnecessary” interactions with police. Said he felt unsafe.

Fear surrounding a traffic stop

At a hearing on the bill on Wednesday, Zolfaghari-Azar said he had been stopped by police more than 15 times throughout his life.

His first time was 17 when he was taken to a prison in Washington County on suspicion of supplying a minor with alcohol.

In his early twenties, his car was “illegally searched” after he was handcuffed and police said he lied that he was giving a red light.

“There were no public security threats at any of these stops,” Zolfaghari-Azar said. Stop at the red light all the time before turning, use that lie as an excuse to violate my freedom, ask questions unrelated to the stop, and leave me a life-changing experience. “

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Kate Suisman, a coalition manager and lawyer for the Northwest Workers’ Justice Project, an organization that provides statutory agents to low-wage workers, states that many of the organization’s immigrant clients are constantly dealing with the fear of racial discrimination and deportation. The department said it was being deported for deportation-a violent crime without the opportunity to deport.

According to Swissman, the bill supports the bill to reduce the potential for nonviolent crimes between police and individuals such as clients.

“We have seen many times the traumatic consequences of deportation,” she wrote in testimony presented in support of the bill.

Safety implications

Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson, who spoke on behalf of the Oregon Police Officers Association and the Oregon Police Chiefs Association, bans police officers from stopping traffic due to defective headlights and taillights. That still creates a driver’s safety risk, he said.

The impact on visibility is exacerbated on unlit rural highways, added Joshua Wetzel, president of the Oregon Police Officers Association.

“If one headlight doesn’t work, you can compare it to covering one eye at 55 mph or more. Adding meteorological factors such as fog, rain, and snow can be dangerous,” Wettzel said. Says.

In written testimony, leaders of the Oregon District Bar Association said the bill exacerbated Oregon’s uncertainty about the confiscation law, which had already been in flux over the past few years.

According to the statement, the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals’ decisions affected officers’ ability to interact with people while parked, manage inventory, and significantly eliminate mobile vehicle exceptions to warrant requirements. ..

“Introducing additional uncertainty into consent analysis can lead to curtailment of otherwise legally obtained evidence,” the statement said.

Invoice details

Other changes proposed in the bill are:

  • Changes in parole and probationary conditions, such as adjusting supervision conditions to state drug laws rather than federal ones.

  • Parole and protection observers need additional training for accreditation and continuing education, including trauma-based care, culturally-focused services, and deescalation tactics.

  • Instruct the Correctional Bureau to adopt rules regarding supervisory reporting standards, such as when officers can visit people at work.

  • Funds from the General Fund to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission will be used to distribute to the Northwest Health Foundation Fund II for the Justice Reinvestment Program.

The bill working session is scheduled for Monday at 8 am. To view the live stream of the hearing, go to the following URL:


Written testimony regarding the invoice can be submitted online. olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2022R1/Testimony/SJD110..

Those who want to testify live by phone or video must register online. Survey.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_brxgbfolxeFfFqe Or call (833-588-4500) (US toll-free number). Registration will be closed 1 hour before the meeting starts.

Virginia Barreda is the latest news and public security reporter for the Statesman Journal. She can be contacted at 503-399-6657 or [email protected] Follow her on her Twitter @ vbarreda2..

This article was originally published in the Salem Statesman Journal. Bill was able to stop police traffic suspension due to a minor breach in Oregon