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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cardin Renews Call for Congressional Action to Ban Racial Profiling by All Levels of Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), took to the Senate floor today to urge his colleagues to pass legislation ending racial profiling by all law enforcement agencies in the United States.

“I’m a strong supporter of our independent Judicial Branch and the grand jury system, but I understand the frustration felt by so many Americans. After the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, which were heaped on top of incidents in Florida, California, and elsewhere around the country, it’s no wonder that people – especially people of color – are losing confidence that we have a system where all of our citizens are treated equally under the law. The initial suspicion for many is that individuals were stopped solely because of the color of their skin, not because they were observed in criminal activities. That's discriminatory profiling, and it’s just plain wrong. Discriminatory profiling is un-American and not what we believe in. It is a waste of precious resources and it turns communities against law enforcement.

“I welcome the announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder of an update of guidance for federal law enforcement agencies that prohibits, for the first time, profiling based on new categories such as national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, and sexual orientation, while also closing certain loopholes and narrowing some exemptions. I was pleased to see that this guidance mandates new data collection, which will make it easier to track profiling complaints. I am wholly disappointed that this updated guidance does not extend to state and local law enforcement, nor does it fully cover the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection, all of which should be covered. I believe the Attorney General could have gone further, and should have gone further, but his actions only make it clearer that Congress must act to make permanent a ban on discriminatory profiling and hold police accountable for engaging in discriminatory profiling, by passing the End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1038). Only Congress can close these harmful loopholes for good and dissolve some of the mistrust of law enforcement in our minority communities. DOJ has moved in the right direction but this new guidance is truly a missed opportunity.”


Anonymous said...

How do you legislate innate human qualities?

Anonymous said...

Cardin needs to find a real job that he is capable of

Anonymous said...

Cardin you part of the problem today...sit down and please STFU you and your mindless diesese known as democrat libtarded communism syndrome..disguists me. You are a traitor to the constitution

Anonymous said...

Waste time on this foolishness but don't worry about the illegals and Obama trashing the constitution. We know where Cardin's priorities are. Hopefully this clown will be replaced next time he runs like so many other liberal dems.

Anonymous said...

Cardin is a democrat and democrats are stupid as per their fellow democrat Jonathan Gruber.
Everyone racial profiles. It's called survival which is a human's basic instinct.
When young black teens are going around beating up 80 something year old people only a fool would not be suspicious of groups of black teens.
Cardin needs to get his stinking ass out to the inner city and walk around and then say people shouldn't profile. He won't though. Just like every other democrat foul people who are real good at lying and nothing else.

Anonymous said...

Cardin looks in a mirror and sees dreadlocks on his head. He is a delusional leech.