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Racial Profiling/Driving While Black

WHEREAS, the NAACP recognizes that the practice/policy of racial profiling violates the important public policy and civil rights issue for African-Americans and people of color across the nation; and

WHEREAS, said laws should mandate (1) a prohibition of racial profiling by local, county and state law enforcement officials; (2) the establishment of a statewide system to monitor all traffic stops; (3) that local, county and state law enforcement agencies have in place a civilian complaint process that is well-publicized and accessible to all; and (4) that the appropriate state authorities be granted the power to withhold funding from any law enforcement agency found to be engaging in racial profiling; and

WHEREAS, the NAACP together with its many Units nationwide have engaged in elevating this issue in the nation's conscience; and

WHEREAS, the NAACP has adopted a national strategy to combat racially - targeted traffic stops.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that all NAACP Units in collaboration with governmental units at all levels vigorously promote public educational efforts toward enactment of appropriate laws to eradicate racial profiling; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Convention re-affirm the previous policy of the NAACP adopted in 1998 on "'Driving While Black' - Racial Profiling of African American Motorists."