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New Limits on Racial Profiling Announced by Justice Department

Justice Department Announces New Limits on Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement

The Obama administration released a new set of guidelines on Monday aimed at curtailing the profiling of specific groups by law enforcement. The Justice Department issued the expanded rules prohibiting profiling on the basis of race, religion, national identity, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity by federal law enforcement—such as the FBI. The new policy broadens the Bush administration's 2003 policy that banned racial and ethnic profiling, except for cases of national security. The new rules, however, “won’t apply to screening at borders and airports, where Department of Homeland Security personnel have long given extra scrutiny to people from certain countries,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The policy also doesn’t apply to local or state law enforcement, beyond those personnel assigned to federal task forces.”

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