The Justice Department on Monday announced new “stricter policies” forbidding the use of profiling by federal law enforcement officers, but the guidelines — which don’t apply to local police departments — were immediately criticized by civil rights advocates as being overly broad and riddled with loopholes.
The long-awaited policy states, in general, that federal officers and agents may not consider “race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity” unless it is specific to an investigation. Prompted by a 2009 review, it was drafted independently of recent incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City in which black men were killed under questionable circumstances during confrontations with police.
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