Target: President of the United States, Barack Obama
Goal: Thank President Obama for issuing guidelines banning racial profiling
The Obama administration recently issued guidelines that would ban federal law enforcement from profiling citizens on the basis of religion, ethnicity, and other characteristics. These guidelines would replace the Bush administration guidelines that were put into effect due to 9/11 and caused an increase in racial profiling.
The news comes at a time where the United States is talking about policing issues and racial profiling, with protests occurring over the recent court decisions involving Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Both men were black and were the victims of police brutality. The new policies were not drafted because of these recent cases and have actually been a work in progress for nearly five years. However, the need for them at this point in time is evident and those who protested racial profiling at ForceChange have been heard.
These guidelines will apply to agencies with the Department of Justice (DOJ), such as the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Additionally, they will cover local and state officers who are working on joint tasks with these federal agencies. The new rules will explain law enforcement actions that would and would not be permissible in racial profiling. For example, law enforcement may be able to take race and ethnicity into account only if they have received specific information that links a person of that race or ethnicity to a particular crime or security threat.
While some advocacy groups do not think the guidelines go far enough, it is no doubt a step in the right direction. Please sign the petition below to thank President Obama for his efforts to increase effective policing.
Dear Mr. President,
I would like to thank you for your effort to create stricter guidelines in regards to racial profiling from federal law enforcement. Although you have been working on drafting these guidelines for the last five years, recent events involving police brutality have made it evident how much they are needed. Michael Brown and Eric Garner were unfortunate victims of police brutality and these cases have put a spotlight on race issues in the United States.
The Bush administration allowed racial profiling to be permissible due to the 9/11 attacks. In a time of war when people were scared, racial profiling was allowed to run rampant and now we are paying the consequences of these policies. It is now the time to stop this injustice and allow all United States citizens to be treated equally.
Some advocacy groups say that these guidelines are still not enough and argue that the laws have loopholes. I encourage you to listen to these concerns, but I would like to thank you for moving this country in the right direction.
[Your Name Here]
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