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We are pleased to share the Toolkit on State Anti-Racial Profiling Legislation. This toolkit is a collective effort of the Proactive Team convened by Rights Working Group and draws on best-practices and expertise from successful state-level campaigns for anti-profiling laws, as well as insights from national organizations. The toolkit offers guidance on legislative language, messaging and framing, and coalition-building to advance state legislative campaigns for proactive anti-profiling laws.
Lincoln, Neb., May 30, 2013 – A new law passed earlier this month extends data collection and reporting requirements for Nebraska’s law enforcement agencies for four years. The data collection provisions were due to sunset in January 2014 but now will sunset in January 2018.
In addition to extending the sunset deadline the law requires the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justiceto seek funding to conduct reviews of motor vehicle stops and allegations of racial profiling.
By Sameera Hafiz
Policy Director - Rights Working Group
May 29, 2013 -- A federal judge ruled last week that Maricopa Country Sheriff’s Office, headed up by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, engaged in systemic racial profiling of Latinos and illegal detentions in violation of their constitutional rights.
In addition, Judge G. Murray Snow has prohibited the sheriff’s department from using race as a factor in attempting to determine whether someone is undocumented.