U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently spoke at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, about the unveiling of Justice Department plans to end racial profiling.
Holder traveled to Atlanta in the first of a series of regional meetings around the country with community leaders and law enforcement. Barack Obama asked him to hold such meetings in the wake of the Ferguson decision.
In the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement. This will institute rigorous new standards — and robust safeguards — to help end racial profiling, once and for all. This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing.
His meeting in Atlanta consisted of a round-table discussion with law enforcement and community leaders, followed by a public interfaith service and community forum.
President Obama made a request on Monday to federal agencies to ensure that the US is not building a “militarized culture” with its police forces. He also wants more police officers to be equpped with cameras. The spending on cameras comes as part of a $263 million package to help police improve community relations.
Holder has called civil rights a cornerstone of his time at the Justice Department and has advocated less harsh treatment for non-violent drug offenders.
He has discussed the importance of easing tensions between police departments and minority communities. The Justice Department has investigated roughly twenty “flawed” police agencies-including Ferguson- in the past five years.
What do you think? Will Holder’s plans to stop racial profiling stop injustice against minority communities? Or will they turn a blind eye toward crimes being committed by minorities?
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom