(5/24/2013) -- On May 23, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and a dozen other senators introduced a bill that would prohibit the use of racial and religious profiling by federal and state law enforcement.
Take action: CAIR has provided a "click and send" letter for all Americans who oppose the unjust practice of discriminatory law enforcement profiling so they can contact their senators and urge support for S.1038, The End Racial Profiling Act of 2013.
The End Racial Profiling Act 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.
As detailed by the bill's sponsor, 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.
"As a matter of practice, racial profiling just doesn't work. The more resources spent investigating individuals because of their race, religion, national origin, or ethnicity, the fewer resources directed at suspects who are actually demonstrating illegal behavior. Racial profiling is bad policy and given the precarious state of our budgets, it also diverts scarce resources from real law enforcement," said 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com.