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Sat Dec 6, 2014, 01:57 PM

Racial profiling will still be allowed at airports, along border despite new policy

Source: Washington Post

Racial profiling will still be allowed at airports, along border despite new policy

By Sari Horwitz and Jerry Markon December 5 at 7:56 PM

As the Obama administration prepares to announce new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement, government officials said Friday that many officers and agents at the Department of Homeland Security will still be allowed to use the controversial practice, including while they screen airline passengers and guard the countryís southwestern border.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is expected early next week to detail long-awaited revisions in the Justice Departmentís rules for racial profiling, banning it from national security cases for the first time. The changes≠ will also expand the definition of profiling to prevent FBI agents from considering factors such as religion and national origin when opening cases≠, officials said.

But after sharp disagreements among top officials, the administration will exempt a broad swath of DHS, namely the Transportation Security Administration and key parts of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to law enforcement officials.

The announcement of the new policy comes at a time of rising national protest over allegations that police engage in profiling when investigating and using force against minorities. The debate has been fueled by the recent deaths of three unarmed African Americans at the hands of police in Ferguson, Mo., New York and Cleveland, and the absence so far of criminal charges against the white police officers who were involved.

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