Speech to Text for Ashland City Council forced to push vote on ID ordinance
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announcer says "wcouncil chambee explains why some people are upset this ordinance has passed. a lot of people filled the council chambers tonight to tell city council why they didn't want them to pass this ordinance. the city council passed it at its second reading tonight to ashland vote-pkg the people that filled the room tonight say ordinance 31-76 encourages racial profiling and discrimination against homeless people, people in the l-g-b-t-q community and undocumented immigrants. pauline says: "i believe this is a slippery slope." ashland police chief tighe o'meara says this ordinance only allows a police officer to ask for someone's name and birthday if there is probable cause that that person has broken an ashland law. he adds right now officers can't cite people if they don't give their name or birthday. in turn, he says people have learned they can violate ashland laws and not face consequences. tighe says: "if you want me to keep the town safe, don't tie my hand behind my back. just look over my shoulder and make sure i'm doing the job the way they want me to do it." those who do not give officers that information can face 30 days in jail and face a $1,250 fine. people against the ordinance says that's too high of a consequence. michelle says: "this is the wrong direction for ashland to go. we have so much work to do as a community as a state to reform the criminal justice system to make it more just so that it works for everyone. this would be moving backwards." although the ashland city council passed this ordinance, it doesn't go into effect for another 30 days. it expires in august 2020 in order to study its impacts. live in following up - police believe alcohol was the cause