Forum Calls On Congress and Administration to End Racial Profiling – ACLU Hosts Event to Stop Discrimination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: media@dcaclu.org WASHINGTON – More than 50 policy experts, and others across the country via live stream and Twitter, joined Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and the ACLU Washington Legislative Office for a discussion today about the desperate need for Congress and the Obama Administration to end racial profiling in law enforcement. A recording of the event will be available online starting Friday at www.aclu.org/3faceslive . The forum called on Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) and for the Administration to change agency-run programs and guidelines that lead to profiling. The discussion focused on three prominent forms of racial profiling: historic racism against African-Americans in community and drug enforcement, the post-9/11 intelligence gathering and racial mapping particularly of Arab Muslims and South Asians and the profiling of Latinos, Asians and other people of color in the context of immigration and border enforcement. “Before there was even a name for it, racial profiling has been engrained in our country’s law enforcement practices,” said ACLU Washington Legislative Office Director Laura W. Murphy. “But racial profiling not only goes against our Constitution and our country’s value for equality – it also hinders law enforcement officials from doing their job. While Americans tend to think about racial profiling in isolated circumstances, the thread tying it all together is plain and simple discrimination.”