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US Needs National Standard Prohibiting Racial Profiling - US Senator

© AFP 2022 / JEWEL SAMADThis November 25, 2014 file photo shows a protester holding up her hands in front of a police car in Ferguson
This November 25, 2014 file photo shows a protester holding up her hands in front of a police car in Ferguson - Sputnik International
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US Senator Ben Cardin said that DOJ investigation into Ferguson police practices revealed the need in nationwide regulations against racial profiling.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into Ferguson police practices revealed the need in nationwide regulations against racial profiling, US Senator Ben Cardin said in a statement.

“The blatant abuse of power and racial targeting by Ferguson’s police are further proof of the need for a national standard that prohibits racial and discriminatory profiling by law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels,” Cardin stated on Wednesday.

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The DOJ conducted an investigation into Ferguson law enforcement practices following the police killing of an unarmed teenager Michael Brown in 2014. The 100-page investigative report, released on Wednesday, revealed many instances of excessive force, directed against African Americans in almost 90 percent of the cases.

Cardin called the review “deeply troubling,” and pointed that racial profiling is “un-American.”

“We need a uniform definition of racial profiling so that law enforcement can concentrate on investigating real crimes and real leads, and men and women across the country can feel secure that they are not being pulled over or harassed by law enforcement solely based on their race, religion, national origin, or ethnicity,” Cardin said.

Brown's killing stirred mass protests in Ferguson and across the United States.

 

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