"Racial profiling is wrong and we will end it in America"

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On February 26, 2004 congress introduced bipartisan legislation called the "End Racial Profiling Act", (ERPA). This is intended to end racial bias in law enforcement, because this tactic erodes community trust.

"No American is to be subject to law enforcement encounters based on crude bias," said Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.

This is a bill whose introduction comes from The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which defends the bill of rights.http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=15102&c=207

The ACLU was founded in 1920 after the suppression of World War II. The ACLU is the nations guardian to preserve and protect individual rights and freedom. There were Palmer Raids that were initiated due to terrorist's attacks that are today affecting the way we view terrorism. There are a lot of victims to this nations racial profiling especially after the 911 attacks that we the people need to support. We need to stick to old-fashioned policing determined by facts and evidence.

We are a free nation and in order to be free and safe we must live up to that by supporting this legislation.

"Racial profiling has plagued this country for years and since September 11th it has grown uncontrollably," said LaShawn Y. Warren, an ACLU Legislative Counsel. "The premise of this modest bill is straightforward: Race, ethnicity and religion are not grounds for criminal suspicion."

Part of this new bill is allowing the attorney general to refuse grants to non- compliant departments, and require them to produce data supporting their accountability.

Part of the provisioning process is:

Ø Defining racial profiling as relying on race, ethnicity, religion or origin.

Ø Make such actions illegal

Ø Provide victims with the right to sue.

Ø Introduce uniform data collection, providing a baseline for information for the public to identify bias based...