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Wis. gov nixes racial profiling data effort

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker has killed a statewide mandate on police to gather racial data during traffic stops.

   Walker signed a GOP bill Wednesday that ends requirements that officers collect the age, ZIP code, gender and ethnicity of drivers and passengers.

   Democrats passed the requirements when they controlled the Legislature, arguing the data will prove whether racial profiling exists in Wisconsin. Some police have countered the requirements are too time-consuming.

   Walker issued a statement saying the data-gathering effort is burdensome and police should be allowed to do their jobs.

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