Tell the DOJ: Ban racial profiling by Police
Update: On December 8th, 2014, after over 65,000 ACLU supporters urged the DOJ to ban racial profiling by law enforcement — it worked! They finally released their long-awaited Guidance on Racial Profiling.
But the Guidance falls far short of what we need — it doesn’t apply to most state and local law enforcement, and it contains significant loopholes. Our fight is far from over, let's keep up the pressure on the DOJ to truly reform policing in America.
Update: On December 3rd, the grand jury in NY did not indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner, a black Staten Island father of six, by illegal chokehold. This decision follows an appalling national pattern where police officers use excessive and sometimes fatal force against people of color and are frequently not held responsible.
There needs to be a shift in the culture of policing in America. A good start would be for our national leaders to come out strongly against excessive force and racial profiling. Urge the DOJ to ban racial profiling by law enforcement today.
Michael Brown’s death is a tragic loss to his family, community, and this nation. But because of this tragedy, and the protests that followed, national leaders are finally paying attention to racial profiling and discriminatory policing.
We must not allow the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals by the police to be in vain.
With enough widespread public pressure, we can push our leaders to implement effective structural changes and transform policing across the country. It’s about time.
We can’t move forward until our national leaders acknowledge and directly address the recycled vestiges of racial violence and de-humanization, particularly in law enforcement, that still exist today.
Too many lives have been lost and too many continue to be unnecessarily endangered, especially in communities of color.
Urge the DOJ to release their Guidance to ban racial profiling and ask them to make it enforceable, not only on the federal level, but also with state and local law enforcement agencies.