This bill aims to put an end to all practices of racial profiling by law enforcement officials and agencies across the country. It would grant victims of racial profiling the right to have their concerns taken up in court by declaratory or injunctive relief.
Racial profiling, as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice, is:
"Any police-initiated action that relies on the race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than the behavior of an individual or information that leads the police to a particular individual who has been identified as being, or having been, engaged in criminal activity."
The bill would require local and state law enforcement agencies to prove that they have adequate policies and practices for eliminating racial profiling in place. It would also require that those same law enforcement agencies remove any and all encouragement of racial profiling from their policies. This bill specifically targets law enforcement agencies that apply for grants from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and the Cops on the Beat Program.
Lastly, this bill directs the U.S. Attorney General to set some ground rules for the collection of data on racial profiling — then award grants to fund these efforts.