If ever there was a time to take a strong stand against discriminatory profiling, this is it.
With the introduction of the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 in both the House and Senate, we have a chance to prohibit such profiling by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
The bill has been introduced by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representative John Conyers (D- MI) in every session of Congress since 2011. It takes on not only racial profiling, but profiling based on religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The bill creates create meaningful remedies to prevent profiling.
Some municipalities have passed, or are working to pass, measures to prevent local police from engaging in discriminatory profiling (see how you can enact one in your community), but federal legislation is needed to protect residents of cities and states that refuse to hold their local law enforcement accountable.
Discriminatory profiling runs afoul of the Fourth Amendment’s requirement for individualized suspicion and subjects whole populations to constant law enforcement harassment. These shameful practices have gone on too long. We need to put a stop to them, not escalate them as Trump wants to do.