New federal policing rules will expand protections against racial and ethnic profiling to include gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. US Attorney General Eric Holder hopes local law enforcement adopt the guidelines.
The changes update the Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies that was issued in June 2003 under President George W. Bush. The 2003 outline barred only profiling based on race and ethnic origin.
Yet the new rules will allow exemptions for some federal agents working under the US Department of Homeland Security, including screeners for the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), border security officers, and Secret Service members.