Baltimore Pastor/Activist Rev. Jamal Bryant to participate in Capitol Hill press conference
On Tuesday, April 17, immediately following a hearing on racial profiling in America in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Dick Durbin, will hold a press conference with leaders of civil rights groups and victims of racial profiling to call for the end of the practice by law enforcement. Senator Cardin is the author of the End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1670) and will testify before Senator Durbin’s subcommittee earlier in the morning. Joining the press conference will be members of the House of Representatives who have sponsored the House companion legislation, including Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).
The hearing – the first on racial profiling in the Senate since 9/11 – will explore how profiling harms law enforcement, the different faces of racial profiling, and different solutions to the problem, including Senator Cardin’s legislation, the End Racial Profiling Act, as well as closing loopholes in DOJ guidance to law enforcement agencies.
“Racial profiling has no place in modern law enforcement. The vast majority of our law enforcement officials who put their lives on the line every day handle their jobs with professionalism, diligence, and fidelity to the rule of law. However, Congress and the Justice Department can and should still take steps to prohibit racial profiling and finally root out its use,” said Senator Cardin. “Racial profiling is bad policy, but given the state of our budgets, it also diverts scarce resources from real law enforcement.”
Introduced in October 2011, the End Racial Profiling Act is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of the laws by eliminating racial profiling through changing the policies and procedures underlying the practice.
WHAT: Press Conference on the need to end racial profiling in America
WHO: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
U.S. Rep. John Conyers
U.S. Rep. Judy Chu
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison
Margaret Huang, Executive Director, Rights Working Group
Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Hilary O. Shelton, Director, NAACP Washington Bureau & Senior Vice
President of Advocacy & Policy
Rev. Jamal Bryant – Pastor, Empowerment Temple AME Church of
Baltimore, youth activist, and advisor to the Trayvon Martin family
Victims of Racial Profiling
WHEN: TUES, APRIL 17 at approx. 11:45 AM - immediately after the hearing
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226,
Constitution Ave. and 1st Street NE, Washington, DC