Holder Announces Ban on Stereotyping to ‘Build Community Trust’

A new White House video features Attorney General Eric Holder announcing a federal ban on profiling in law enforcement in hopes it will build trust with communities of color.

On this stop of his “Building Community Trust Tour,” Holder paid a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN to engage in a roundtable discussion on race relations that was held at the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed.

The plan boasts new bans on profiling for race, and for the first time, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. The hope is that the federal ban will serve as a model for state and local police to follow suit.

“We want to make sure that law enforcement acts in a way that people will perceive as being fair, and then, in fact, is fair,” Holder said.

The attorney general added that policing by stereotypes “draw you to places where you shouldn’t be, and take you away from places where you, in fact, should be.”

In the video, Holder explained how he and President Obama have “bonded” through the years over conversations like this and about how the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color should be.

As Holder toured the museum, he stood at the very spot on the hotel balcony where MLK was shot and spoke with a gathering of protestors who were there holding “Memphis Can’t Breathe” signs.

Holder said there is a “direct link” between today’s protestors and those memorialized inside the museum — “people who made noise, who disrupted things, all with the hope, with the aim of making our great nation better.”

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