People Are Dying

People Are Dying

Abby Zimet

It's an awful price to pay, but the tragedy of Trayvon Martin may yet do some good. Citing the inextricably linked issues of "race and reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct," two Democratic lawmakers, 16 cosponsors and civil rights leaders are pushing a revived bill prohibiting police from engaging in racial profiling. At the same time, New York's racist stop-and-frisk-laws have come up for debate in New York's mayoral campaign, and efforts grow in Florida to repeal or amend its 2005 Stand Your Ground - aka Make My Day - law. A key lawmaker who voted for it has expressed his regret for his role in passing what he condemns as "a bad bill" that was widely misunderstood; a group of young Dream Defenders is still sitting in at Rick Scott's office to demand the law be revisited; and Florida's Senate Democratic Leader has launched a website as a sort of one-stop information center to revamp the law, because "this is how we begin the discussion, by informing the people."

“Racial profiling is not and never will be an effective form of law enforcement. When law enforcement relies on bias over evidence to protect us against crime and terror, it turns American justice on its head."


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