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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published March 26, 2012

ARDIN TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE TO CALL FOR END TO RACIAL PROFILING



Murder of Unarmed Florida Teenager Demands Justice

On Monday, March 26, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will hold a press conference to call for the end of racial profiling, which threatens African-American men and members of other minority communities.

In October 2011, Senator Cardin introduced legislation, End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), S. 1670, which would protect minority communities by prohibiting the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officials. The bill is supported by the NAACP, ACLU, the Rights Working Group, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

“The African-American community and other minority communities have a right to be outraged by the fact that young men are often singled out for suspicion and viewed as dangerous – even walking home from a convenience store. Profiling based on race, ethnicity, national origin or religion has no place in America,” said Senator Cardin.

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the tragic, avoidable shooting death of Trayvon Martin. An unarmed Martin, 17, was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer on February 26 on his way home from a convenience store in Sanford, FL.

WHAT: Senator Cardin to hold a press conference to call for the end of racial profiling in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin

WHEN: Monday, March 26 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Center for Urban Families,
2201 N. Monroe Street,
Baltimore, MD 21217