FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 2, 2016
CONTACT: Tim Zink, 410-962-4436/Sue Walitsky, 202-224-4524
 
Cardin to Foster Dialogue on Civil Rights, Improved Law Enforcement/Community Relations
 
Discussions with Anne Arundel African-American leaders, Prince George’s police and community members will underscore need, ways to build lasting trust
 
TODAY, Tuesday, August 2, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will be in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties for events designed to promote the dialogue on ways to improve the relationships among communities of color and law enforcement officers, both locally and nationwide.  
 
Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 AM, Senator Cardin will be joined by members of the Anne Arundel County NAACP and additional African-American community leaders to discuss the senator’s national legislative proposals to uphold civil and voting rights, end racial profiling by law enforcement and restore trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.
WHAT:          Roundtable Discussion on Civil Rights
 
WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
                        NAACP, Anne Arundel County
                        African-American Community Leaders
                       
WHEN:          Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 AM
 
WHERE:        Interns4Hire, 7481 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
 
HOW:            Media requested to RSVP to Tim Zink – tim_zink@cardin.senate.gov
Tuesday, August 2 at 10:30 AM, Senator Cardin will be joined by Prince George’s County law enforcement officers, faith leaders and local residents to discuss the efforts already underway and potential new opportunities for improving police-community relations. 
WHAT:          Roundtable Discussion on Law Enforcement/Community Relations
 
WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
                        Law Enforcement Officers, Prince George’s County
                        Faith and Community Leaders
                        Local Residents
 
WHEN:          Tuesday, August 2 at 10:30 AM
 
WHERE:        Reid Temple A.M.E. Church, 11400 Glenn Dale Boulevard, Glenn Dale, MD 20769
 
HOW:            Media requested to RSVP to Tim Zink – tim_zink@cardin.senate.gov
Senator Cardin is the author of both the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (S. 2168) and the End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1056). He recently has written to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley urging him to take action on these two police reform bills as soon as the Senate returns in September. Senator Cardin has worked closely with Congressman John Conyers, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, on both of these bills, which have been introduced in the House as H.R. 1933 (ERPA) and H.R. 2875 (LETIA).
 
“Americans can both support the police who protect our communities, sincerely mourning the deaths of those killed in the line of duty, and find it shameful that in 2016 a person still can be stopped by police simply because of the color of their skin, outward displays of religion or their perceived sexual orientation,” said Senator Cardin. “Across the country, senseless killings have eroded essential trust, but Congress can take some commonsense steps to keep communities – particularly people of color – and law enforcement safe. When citizens and police work together as partners, America is safer and stronger.”

Sen. Benjamin Cardin