Police officers are committing racial profiling and police brutality in communities’ everyday. Tons of illegal incidents go unreported because many people fear the police.
The police go into mostly white neighborhoods to “protect and serve” and black neighborhoods to “harass.” This must change!
Despite the wave of police shootings and beatings of mostly young Blacks and Latinos during the last few years, the Justice Department has done almost nothing to nail abusive cops.
Advocates and activists don’t trust local police agencies to self-investigate or police themselves. Nor do they trust district attorneys, grand juries, police commissions or local officials to be any more fair and impartial when investigating the police.
The Justice Department has always had on their books a strong arsenal of civil rights statutes to prosecute abusive police officers. This office is equipped to dispatch their top civil rights lawyers to handle federal probes. But this will happen only if we demand it!
In the past --it has taken major media attention, large scale protests and even a major riot, such as Rodney King LA riot of 1992, before the Justice Department has used its legal weapons.
The Justice Department came under fire when advocates accused them of moving too slowly on racial profiling involving the New Jersey Turnpike. Eventually New Jersey officials admitted to racial profiling, stating that “minority motorists have been treated differently than non-minority motorists.”
Where there is evidence of racial profiling and/or police brutality (excessive force), the Attorney General must send a strong message to law enforcement agencies that the Justice Department will go after lawbreakers whether they wear a “mask” or “badge.”
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