A Half Moon Bay City Council member believes he was the victim of racial profiling last week when he was stopped on the street by a deputy from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred as Jimenez and the rest of the City Council were examining the role of San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office deputies in Half Moon Bay. Last week, the council opted not to examine a proposed draft ordinance, co-written by Jimenez and Councilman Harvey Rarback, that would change how deputies operate in the city. Among the complaints addressed in the draft are traffic stops for minor code violations that some reformists say are merely an excuse for extra scrutiny of people of color.
“This is exactly what I’m talking about,” Jimenez said. “When people ask about coming forward, well, I’m coming forward. This is what happened to me. I was riding a bicycle like everyone does on Main Street. But I’m the one getting pulled over.”