Dec 1, 2014 8:42 PM

Holder to announce plan to target racial profiling

The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) Speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was to announce on Monday new Justice Department plans aimed at ending racial profiling and ensuring fair and effective policing.

Holder traveled to Atlanta to meet with law enforcement and community leaders for the first in a series of regional meetings around the country. The president asked Holder to set up the meetings in the wake of clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Associated Press and other news outlets received advance copies of Holder's speech.

"In the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement, which will institute rigorous new standards and robust safeguards to help end racial profiling, once and for all," the prepared remarks said. "This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing."

Tensions between police and the community in Ferguson boiled over into violent confrontations in August after a white police officer shot a black teenager. Protests turned violent again last week after a grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Holder's meeting in Atlanta included a closed round table discussion with law enforcement and community leaders followed by a public interfaith service and community forum.


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