(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/18/10) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) yesterday submitted testimony into the record of a House committee investigating racial profiling.
At a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee on “Racial Profiling and the Use of Suspect Classifications in Law Enforcement Policy,” lawmakers heard from representatives of the Sikh, African-American and American Muslim communities among others.
To read the testimony of each representative, go here.
SEE: Minorities Tell Congress of Racial Profiling (Detroit Free Press)
In its testimony, the Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization wrote in part:
“CAIR strongly believes that profiling based on race, religion or ethnicity is not effective law enforcement, yet it remains ‘widespread’ in our nation. It diverts precious law enforcement resources away from investigations of individuals who have been linked to terrorist activity by specific and credible evidence. Further, it ignores the possibility that someone who does not fit the profile may be engaged in terrorism, or may be an unwitting accomplice to terrorism.”
Recommendations for government actions included supporting the reintroduction and passage of the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) appointing the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and pressing the Department of Justice to revise its 2003 guidance on racial profiling.
SEE: Written Statement of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Racial Profiling and the Use of Suspect Classifications in Law Enforcement Policy
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.
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