Action: Urge Your Members of Congress to Ban Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement

US-Capitol-buildingCAIR Action Alert 707:

Alert: Urge Your Members of Congress to Ban Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/31/2013) – CAIR yesterday joined other civil rights leaders at a news conference to support the reintroduction of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2013 (ERPA). Introduced earlier this year in the Senate, this bill would eliminate profiling based on race, ethnicity, national origin, and religion by federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement by changing core policies and procedures underlying this harmful practice.

At a press conference, Ranking House Judiciary Committee Member Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) was joined by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) to address the issue of racial profiling by federal and state law enforcement. During the news conference, Sen. Cardin thanked CAIR as one of the many civil rights groups in support of the bill.

Take-Action CentIMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: CAIR has provided a "click and send" letter to member of Congress for all Americans who oppose the unjust practice of discriminatory law enforcement profiling. The letter urges support for the End Racial Profiling Act of 2013.

The End Racial Profiling Act would:

  • Provide a prohibition on racial profiling, enforceable by declaratory or injunctive relief.
  • Mandate training on racial profiling issues as part of Federal law enforcement training, the collection of data on all routine or spontaneous investigatory activities that is to be submitted through a standardized form to the Department of Justice.
  • Ensure the receipt of federal law enforcement and other funds that go to state and local governments is conditioned on their adoption of effective policies that prohibit racial profiling.
  • Authorize the Justice Department to provide grants for the development and implementation of best policing practices, such as early warning systems, technology integration, and other management protocols that discourage profiling.
  • Require the attorney general to provide periodic reports to assess the nature of any ongoing discriminatory profiling practices.

The End Racial Profiling Act has been endorsed by CAIR, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Rights Working Group, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and 135 other national, state, and local civil and legal rights organizations.

"Decades ago, in the face of shocking violence, the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation made it clear that race should not affect the treatment of an individual American under the law. I believe that thousands of pedestrian and traffic stops of innocent minorities and the killing of innocent teen calls for a similar federal response. The practice of using race as a criterion in law enforcement undermines the progress we have made toward racial equality. For these reasons, I will work with my colleagues in Congress to make the End Racial Profiling Act a reality." Representative Conyers

"Racial profiling is simply wrong. It doesn't work, it wastes valuable resources and diminishes the willingness of targeted communities from trusting and working with police when the need is real." Senator Cardin

"CAIR believes that racial and religious profiling is a shameful practice from a bygone era that makes us less safe. Racial profiling diverts scarce law enforcement resources away from pursuing actual leads and preventing illegal and violent crimes," said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. "Not only does profiling not work, it violates the Constitution and undermines core American values."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

For more information, contact CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, [email protected] or CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, [email protected]

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