Cardin to Host Briefing on Efforts to End Discriminatory Profiling By Law Enforcement


TODAY – Tuesday, September 16 at 10:30AM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the American Civil Liberties Union, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) will host a briefing “Ferguson and Beyond: Profiling in America.” Participants, including the attorney for the Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin families, as well as experts from the civil and human rights community, law enforcement, and academia, will examine the use of discriminatory profiling by law enforcement. The panel will discuss the urgent need for updated guidance from the Department of Justice and a more permanent solution: passage of S. 1038, the End Racial Profiling Act, which would prohibit the use of racial profiling by federal, state or local law enforcement agencies in routine law enforcement investigations, immigration enforcement and national security cases.


BRIEFING:      Ferguson and Beyond – Profiling in America


WHO:             U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, lead Senate sponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act


Benjamin Crump, Attorney, Parks and Crump Attorneys at Law

Chief John I. Dixon III, Petersburg, Virginia Police Department

Phillip Atiba Goff, President, Center for Policing Equity, Associate Professor of Psychology, UCLA; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Kennedy School

Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Anthony Rothert, Legal Director, ACLU of Missouri


Moderated By:

Hilary Shelton, Director, NAACP Washington Bureau

Senior VP for Advocacy and Policy, NAACP


Remarks By:

Laura W. Murphy – Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office

                        Nancy Zirkin – Executive Vice President for Policy,

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights


WHERE:          608 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC


WHEN:            Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 – 10:30AM




HOW:             For more information or to RSVP, media should contactsue_walitsky@cardin.senate.gov


“Discriminatory profiling is un-American. It has no place in modern law enforcement and no place within the values of our country,” said Senator Cardin. “We must begin a new era of law enforcement in this country, one in which the presumption of innocence is universal. We must better educate more of our law enforcement officials in the differences between specific suspect descriptions and sweeping generalizations or profiling that wastes valuable resources.”