[ABC7] California ‘Feather Alert’ bill for missing indigenous peoples passes 6-1

On Tuesday this week, Aug. 29, Assembly Bill No. 1314 was passed by a vote of 6-1.

The bill would authorize a law enforcement agency to request the Department of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to activate a “Feather Alert,” if specified criteria are satisfied with respect to an endangered indigenous person who has been reported missing under unexplained or suspicious circumstances.

If those specified requirements are met, the bill would require the department to activate a Feather Alert within the appropriate geographical area requested by the investigating law enforcement agency and to assist the agency by disseminating specified alert messages and signs.

The passing of the bill is a big deal for indigenous people because they experience high rates of violence against them and are reported missing or are murdered at high rates as well.

The goal of the Feather Alert System is to engage with law enforcement agencies to notify the public when an indigenous person is kidnapped.

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