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Bridget Johnson


May 23, 2013 - 10:43 am

Senate Democrats have introduced a bill they say will end racial profiling by law enforcement agencies across the country.

The End Racial Profiling Act was introduced by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

It would “ban racial profiling, defined as the practice of a law enforcement agent or agency relying, to any degree, on race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin in selecting which individuals to subject to routine or spontaneous investigatory activities, or in deciding upon the scope and substance of law enforcement activity following the initial investigatory procedure, except when there is trustworthy information, relevant to the locality and time frame, that links persons of a particular race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin to an identified criminal incident or scheme.”

The legislation “would require federal law enforcement agencies to cease practices that permit racial profiling and to maintain adequate policies and procedures to eliminate racial profiling,” including extra training, data collection, and procedures to respond “meaningfully” to racial profiling complaints.

Departments would have to comply as a condition to receive funding.

“If any provision of this Act is held unconstitutional, the remainder of the Act shall not be affected,” the bill adds.

“The more resources spent investigating individuals because of their race, religion, national origin, or ethnicity, the fewer resources directed at suspects who are actually demonstrating illegal behavior,” Cardin said.

“Racial profiling undermines the rule of law and strikes at the core of our nation’s commitment to equal protection for all,” Durbin said.

The bill’s supporters include the NAACP and the ACLU.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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So the assumption, which they will not state, is that whites engage in racial profiling. How is it that they are not engaging in racial profiling?
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Would be nice if they applied the same criteria to hiring, awarding of contracts, education enrollment and other areas that are subject to racial profiling or affirmative action. Ain't gonna happen, though.
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There is no length progressive liberals won't go to, no sector of society they won't destroy, to bare their necks and mine in the name of political correctness.

If a society of PC liberals would've existed in medieval times, it would've been destroyed or enslaved in short order; they are crazier than the most peacenik Christians. In fact, the only thing that keeps PC liberals alive today are the very citizens of America they despise.

If one could somehow separate out the two factions in America today, both the non-profilers and the profiled would come running to be with the profilers in about 2 minutes.

All 3 factions know this in their hearts. I don't need them - they need me, but they won't stop chopping at my knees.
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