Arizona

Feb 28, 2013 2:23 PM by Associated Press

Senate rejects police biker profiling training

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has rejected a bill requiring that police be trained about the illegality of pulling over motorcyclists based solely on their clothing or the fact they're riding motorcycles.

The bill by Republican Sen. Judy Burges of Sun City West drew hundreds of patch-wearing motorcycle club members to a committee hearing earlier this month. They complained they were constantly harassed by law enforcement officers simply because they wore "colors" and rode motorcycles.

Burges urged the full Senate to pass her bill Thursday, saying it "is kind of frustrating when you're pulled over and somebody points a gun at you."

But fellow Republican Sen. Steve Yarbrough of Chandler argued the requirement created a protected class and would be a step toward micromanaging police training. It failed on a 14-14 vote.

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