This law will prohibit the use of profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion by law enforcement agencies. Introduced last April by Congressman John Conyers and Senator Ben Cardin, a groundswell of support could make this law in the fall.
Mothers across the country are taking to the streets to demand accountability and change in American policing that criminalizes African Americans regardless of actual crimes committed. The deplorable failure of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson for killing unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown is just the latest evidence that the system is beyond broken.
Asian-Americans appear to be the only large (and growing) voting group whose interests align with the Democratic Party and yet they are rarely afforded the same share of the 'debate spotlight' as social issues relevant to women, LGBT, Black, Hispanic, religious minority, middle-income and low-income voters.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) banded together for a second time to announce companion versions of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2013, legislation they had previously pushed in 2011 and that appeared before Congress in 2001, 2004 and 2007 as well.
When we change the culture of profiling among our nation's finest, perhaps it will lead to a general cultural shift in which we will see the end to the type of profiling that led to the death of Trayvon Martin.
Passing the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) would send the strong message that our law requires that people be judged by what they do, not by what they look like or what God they pray to.
Now is the time for us to come together and end this unlawful practice. Racial profiling is ineffective, erodes public trust in law enforcement and violates the Constitution. It has no place in American life.
Racial profiling violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, which says it's unconstitutional to apply the nation's laws differently based on race. But racial profiling happens all the time.
Be they the Sergeant Crowleys of America, the Aetnas or the Cignas, inequities will continue until The People make them end.