Racial profiling in law enforcement has been a problem at all levels of government for many years. In June 2003, the Justice Department issued guidelines purportedly designed to limit racial profiling in federal law enforcement. These guidelines, however, were not binding and contained wide loopholes.
DOJ should issue updated guidelines barring federal law enforcement officials from using race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or sex to any degree, except as factors in a specific suspect description. The President should also issue an executive order prohibiting racial profiling by federal officers and banning law enforcement practices that disproportionately target people for investigation and enforcement based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex or religion and requiring federal agencies to collect data on hit rates for stops and searches separated by group.