Dear Friend,

The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Freddie Gray and many more have highlighted the lack of trust between communities across America and law enforcement. The shameful fact that in 2016 a person still can be stopped by police because of the color of their skin, outward displays of religion or their perceived sexual orientation also has greatly eroded trust. I am outraged that it took the advent of smartphones in conjunction with years of activism to bring this national problem into the spotlight.

I recently posted on Medium about bills that I have introduced to respond to this crisis, including The Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA), S. 2168 and The End Racial Profiling Act, S. 1056/H.R. 1933. I have copied an excerpt below and hope you will follow the link to read my full post. Please pass this message along to those in your network who are concerned about ending racial profiling and restoring community trust in law enforcement.

Your Friend,
Restoring Community Trust in Law Enforcement

Senator Ben Cardin
Representing the great state of Maryland in the U.S. Senate.
Posted July 7, 2016 ∙ 5 minute read

While there is still much we do not know, the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have again left Americans grappling to understand if police in their own communities and elsewhere are looking for ways to avoid ‘use of force’ deaths and repair strained relationships between law enforcement and the communities they are meant to protect. Each new incident adds to the perception that little is being done.
The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Freddie Gray and a tragic many more have compounded the lack of trust between communities across America and law enforcement. The shameful fact that in 2016 a person still can be stopped by police because of the color of their skin, outward displays of religion or their perceived sexual orientation also has greatly eroded trust. I am outraged that it took the advent of smartphones in conjunction with years of activism to bring this national problem into the spotlight.

While there is no simple answer, I believe Congress can play a role in restoring community trust in law enforcement. The majority of law enforcement officers are upstanding individuals who sign up for the difficult and dangerous job of keeping Americans — their very neighbors — safe. Congress can take some commonsense steps to keep communities and law enforcement safe, while reinforcing the fact that when citizens and police work together as partners, America is safer and stronger. There are legislative proposals I have introduced that can move America closer to this goal….

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