Feds See New Racial Profiling Curbs as Model for Police


The Obama administration on Monday will formally announce long-awaited curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement, but the new rules will not cover local police departments, which have come under criticism in recent months over allegations that their officers profile suspects, says the Washington Post. Attorney General Eric Holder has expanded Justice Department rules for racial profiling to prevent FBI agents from considering gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to race and ethnicity, when opening cases. The department also will ban racial profiling from national security cases for the first time.

Holder's revised policy will cover state and local law enforcement officers while they participate in federal law enforcement task forces. But it is considered only guidance for police officers in state and local departments. A Justice Department official said the goal is for federal law enforcement agencies to “model” these new policies, proving to state and local authorities that successful policing does not require profiling. Holder will hold a conference call Monday with local law enforcement leaders to brief them on the new policy and encourage local authorities to adopt it.

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