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S. 1670 - End Racial Profiling Act of 2011

Latest Major Action: 4/17/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Hearings held.

Next Hearings: 

4/24/12 10:00am EDT - G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Topic: Immigration, Refugees and Border SEcurity Subcommittee hearing on "Examining the Constitutionality and Prudence of State and Local Governments Enforcing Immigration Law"

4/25/12 10:00am EDT - 226 Dirksen Sentate Office Building. Topic: Full committee hearing on "Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security"

Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) introduced S. 1670, the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 on October 6, 2011. The ERP Act would:
  • Prohibit the use of profiling based on race, religion, ethnicity or national origin;
  • Institute programs to eliminate racial profiling in local, state and federal law enforcement that require: a general prohibition on the practice; training on racial profiling issues for agents; data collection and monitoring; meaningful procedures for receiving, investigating and responding to complaints; and procedures for addressing and disciplining agents who engage in racial profiling;
  • Create a private right of action for victims of profiling;
  • Allow the Attorney General to provide grants to law enforcement agencies to encourage the development and implementation of best policing practices and to withhold grants from law enforcement agencies not complying with the Act; and
  • Mandate that the Attorney General submit periodic reports to Congress on any ongoing discriminatory policing practices by federal, state and local law enforcement.