Washington - In an effort to bring peace of mind to thousands of New Jersey residents as well as a resource to the victims of racial profiling, Senator Robert Menendez is supporting The End Racial Profiling Act of 2007, a bill that would prohibit the practice of law enforcement agencies relying on race, ethnicity, national origin or religion during investigatory activities. This bill, which is being re-introduced by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), would address an issue that has affected countless residents.
"Governor Corzine has already taken effective steps to help protect New Jersey residents from this harmful practice but it is important to secure strict national guidelines that will help eradicate it across the country," said Senator Menendez. "Racial profiling has dogged minorities in the past and it is essential that law enforcement be sensitive to this issue. The color of a person's skin or their religious beliefs should not make ordinary citizens feel threatened and defenseless."
The End Racial profiling Act of 2007 will:
allow the United States or an individual injured by racial profiling to bring a civil action for injunctive relief to federal court;
require proof of proactive measures by law enforcement to eliminate racial profiling as a prerequisite for federal state and local law enforcement agencies to receive federal law enforcement funding;
provide for the collection of data from federal state and local agencies that will allow Congress and the public to analyze the issue and address recurring problems, while maintaining confidentiality to protect the victims as well as the law enforcement personnel involved.
The End Racial Profiling Act of 2007 also offers states and localities the tools and options they need to tailor a plan that will address the needs of their particular communities.