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Civil Rights

Feb. 29, 2024

Hoodies, racial stereotypes, and the California Racial Injustice Act

A state appeals court recently instructed a San Diego trial judge to rehear the basis of a traffic stop, and to consider the possibility of implicit bias based on what the officer knew before he stopped the car.

K. Chike Odiwe

Attorney, Burris Nisenbaum Curry & Lacy

Civil Rights


A unanimous three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal (Appellate Court) found that San Diego Superior Court Judge Howard Shore (Judge Shore) failed to account for evidence that the traffic stop of a Black man may have been the result of implicit bias with a potential remedy under the California Racial Justice Act (RJA).

The Appellate Court remanded the case to Judge Shore and instructed him to rehear defendant Tommy Bonds’ (Bon...

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