Congress has introduced a resolution to combat the issue of motorcyclist profiling by law enforcement officers. House Resolution 255 is aimed at promoting awareness of motorcyclist profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling. The resolution also urges state law enforcement officials to include statement condemning motorcycle profiling in written law enforcement policies and training materials. The resolution was introduced on March 26 by Congressman Tim Walberg of Michigan and Congressman Michael C. Burgess of Texas, co-chairs of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus. The caucus aims to improve public knowledge of motorcycle issues and promote safety on the roadways.
A family in Johnson County, Kansas has opened a case in federal court against the County, its Sheriff and seven deputies after some stunning events in 2012. The Harte family had their home raided in the early hours of the morning by a SWAT team searching for marijuana. The raid had been orchestrated for over seven months after officers noted Robert Harte making a purchase from a hydroponics store. After searching through the Harte family’s trash and finding a substance they believed to be marijuana the officers put plans for the raid into motion, and raided the family’s house on April 20, 2012 at 7:30 in the morning as the family was preparing for work and school.