NAACP Applauds Justice Department’s ‘Huge Step’ Towards Ending Racial Profiling

The Justice Department is planning to initiate new guidelines to expand protection from profiling to include religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in federal investigations. These new guidelines would include the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The NAACP, along with other organizations sent a letter to Attorney General Holder in 2012, encouraging him to form new rules that would cease profiling in police investigations, mostly in New York City. The letter challenged the federal government to enact “prohibitions against targeting communities and individuals based solely on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin.”

NAACP Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Niaz Kasravi, believes this is a significant win for civil rights:

Racial profiling in all its forms is simply wrong and just ineffective and lazy policing. Including religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in the definition of racial profiling is a huge step, which has come after over a decade of advocacy by civil rights groups. We hope the Department of Justice will continue its efforts to end racial profiling in America by ensuring to apply the same rules to matters of national security.

Details about the new federal guidelines are expected to be announced next month.