Racial Profiling Bill Gets Another Chance Because of Trayvon Martin

Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Ben Cardin renew effort to stop racial profiling.

Tracy Martin, father of slain 17-year old Trayvon Martin, left arrives to attend a Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys forum Wednesday, July 24, 2013, on Capitol Hill Washington D.C.

Trayvon Martin's father Tracy arrives at a Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys forum Wednesday, July 24, 2013, on Capitol Hill. Rep. Conyers, D-Mich., introduced the End Racial Profiling Act Tuesday, July 30, 2013, alongside longtime supporter Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.

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So far no Republicans have signed on to the legislation and many conservative policy experts have argued that Congress may be overstepping its bounds in addressing an issue that is as multifaceted as how police patrol their local communities.

Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, has said in the past he was skeptical about attempts to legislate appropriate behavior under these circumstances, and cautioned against a "one-size-fits-all" approach.

And while opposed to racial profiling, on Tuesday he told U.S. News using the Trayvon Martin case to push for the legislation is a political mistake.

"I think that it is being pushed now is political posturing," Clegg says. " I think that whatever one thinks of what happened in the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case this bill does not address it because law enforcement agents were not involved in the racial profiling if there was any racial profiling."

 

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