A black congressman who says he was racially profiled by Chicago police is pushing for legislation that would ban the practice, reports the Associated Press. Rep. Danny Davis (ID-IL), called racial profiling “one of the most sinister issues that exists in American life.” Last month, two white officers gave Davis a ticket alleging he swerved over the center line, which Davis denied. “I know that I’m getting up in age a little bit, but I’m not so old that if I weave, I don’t know that I’m weaving,” said Davis, 66. The real reason he was pulled over, Davis asserted, was that he and three other black men were in a car on a deserted street after midnight.
Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Dana Starks said the department does not condone racial profiling, and that Davis was “was stopped on probable cause and issued a citation for violating a traffic law.” The proposed federal law would ban federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from using racial profiling, such as “relying, to any degree, on race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion” during investigatory activities. Sen. Russell Feingold (D-WI) said he thought Congress would ban the practice after President Bush denounced it in his first State of the Union speech in 2001.