Racial Profiling is Fundamentally Un-American
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the introduction of the End Racial Profiling
Act of 2004:
proud to join Congressman John Conyers, the Ranking Member of the
House Judiciary Committee, as a cosponsor of the bipartisan End
Racial Profiling Act of 2004 to end the shameful practice of racial
profiling and to ensure that each of our citizens is treated with
dignity and fairness.
recent studies have demonstrated that African Americans and Hispanics
are stopped in traffic and searched far in excess of their share
of the population. Since September 11th, many Arabs, Muslims, and
Asians have been subjected to searches and seizures at airports
and other locations based upon religion and national origin, without
any credible information linking specific individuals to criminal
practices are ineffective, create suspicion, and erode the trust
in law enforcement. Racial profiling is fundamentally un-American.
the Bush Administration has issued guidelines on racial profiling,
these do not go far enough and are not binding on all levels of
law enforcement. We must make racial profiling illegal.
Racial Profiling Act of 2004 prohibits racial profiling at all levels
of law enforcement -- federal, state, and local. It conditions law
enforcement grants on adoption of policies that prohibit racial
profiling, authorizes grants for best policing practices, and requires
the Attorney General to provide periodic reports on profiling practices.
crucial legislation is long overdue. Congress should enact it now."