NAACP Urges Swift Action on End Racial Profiling Act

LEGISLATION WILL CREATE A NATIONAL PROHIBITION AGAINST RACIAL PROFILING AND MANDATE DATA COLLECTION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT

The Issue:
The End Racial Profiling Act attacks the insidious practice of racial profiling by law enforcement on three levels:  first, it creates a federal prohibition against racial profiling; second, it provides funding for the retraining of law enforcement officials on how to discontinue and prevent the use of racial profiling; and thirdly, it holds law enforcement agencies that continue to use racial profiling accountable.  Senator Russ Feingold  (WI), and others have introduced the “End Racial Profiling Act of 2007” (S. 2481) in the Senate while Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI), has introduced companion legislation in the House (H.R. 4611). 

Numerous studies over the past few years have provided us with evidence to support what we have known for decades:  law enforcement agents at all levels have consistently used race, ethnicity and national origin when choosing which individuals should be stopped and searched.  At the most basic level, it is difficult for our faith in the American judicial system not to be challenged when we cannot even drive down an interstate without being stopped merely because of the color of our skin.  Furthermore, evidence clearly demonstrates that racial profiling is not an effective means of law enforcement.

We need The End Racial Profiling Act to stop this insidious practice and to help begin to restore the confidence of communities of color throughout the United States in federal, state and local law enforcement.  It is supported by numerous civil rights and civil liberties organizations, as well religious associations and most police unions of color.

In light of the overwhelming evidence that racial profiling continues to be employed today the NAACP is strongly urging Congress to pass this legislation in the 110th Congress. 

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