Feds adopt new racial profiling rules

June 17, 2003 at 4:09 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The Justice Department, proclaiming racial profiling is wrong, has issued new guidelines to prevent such profiling by federal law enforcement officials.

Attorney General John Ashcroft said as a result of Tuesday's directive, Americans of every race and ethnicity can be confident generalized stereotypes will have no place in the routine work of federal law enforcement.

The new policy specifically bars federal officials from considering race or ethnicity in making routine law enforcement decisions, such as deciding which motorists to stop for traffic infractions.

It also prohibits federal law enforcement officials from relying on generalized racial or ethnic stereotypes except in extremely narrow circumstances when there is trustworthy information linking people of a particular race or ethnicity to an identified criminal incident, scheme or organization.

But the Justice Department noted that federal law enforcement personnel must use "all available and legitimate tools" to prevent terrorist attacks, including racial and ethnic information.

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