New bill takes aim at racial profiling

Washington-DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new bill would provide police departments around the nation with resources for racial profiling training, along with grant money for the development of best policing policies to discourage it.

Civil rights advocates joined Maryland Senator Ben Cardin on Capitol Hill to call for an end to police “profiling”.

“Numerous studies have demonstrated that racial and religious profiling is all too prevalent throughout law enforcement today.”

A recent Stanford University study of more than 90 million traffic stops across the U.S. found black drivers are 20% more likely to get pulled over than white drivers.

“We want effective policing – we want our communities safe and secure.”

But Hilary Shelton, with the NAACP says discriminatory policing must be addressed.

Shelton says legislation introduced by Maryland Senator Ben Cardin is a step in the right direction.

“It would be illegal at any level of law enforcement, federal, state, local, auxiliary.”

Cardin’s bill would provide police departments around the country with resources for training and grant money to develop programs that discourage profiling.

Cardin says he’s heard the stories of racial profiling from his black constituents. And he says there is a startling and chilling contrast between how black and white families describe their relations with law enforcement.

“The fact that if you were a minority, male particularly – you were much more suspect to be harassed by law enforcement.”

Senator Cardin says this bill should have been passed a long time ago.

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(This story was originally published on July 31, 2019)

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