MCCRC joins national coalition in concerns about federal law enforcement profiling guidance

scales_of_justiceMCCRC has joined a national coalition in praising progress but identifying continuing concerns about important federal anti-profiling guidelines released in December.  From the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announcement:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 80 other national, state, and local organizations this week sent a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns with the administration’s Guidance for Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Regarding the Use of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation, or Gender Identity, released in December 2014.

[…]  despite significant progress, troubling exceptions and loopholes remain, such as the guidance not applying to state and local law enforcement. The guidance also retains exceptions for the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which disproportionately profile Latinos, Arabs, South Asians, Muslims, and Sikhs. Additionally, the guidance does not ban the troubling practice of “mapping,” data gathering, and surveillance of racial, ethnic, and religious communities. These activities are a pernicious form of profiling that associates criminal activity with racial, ethnic, or religious identity.

The text of the letter is provided below.

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2 Responses to MCCRC joins national coalition in concerns about federal law enforcement profiling guidance

  1. Iris Pendleton says:

    I have written the president and Seth Williams three of four times in reference of my innocent brother Carlisle Wiggins, #AY6498 incarcerated in 1984, given life confinement, at age 19 through falsified documents, lies, corruption, threats of electric chair, man handled by officers at the station, forced to sign their statement((officers). DA, Barbara Christie who shouldn’t have been trying cases at this time with many of them being overturned for her tactics to win cases. She was also criticized by a judge for crossing the line between truth and winning. She was denoted by Lynn Abrams because of the negative publicity. Lynn Abrams was the General Attorney and Wilson Goode was Mayor at the time. We don’t have money to fight it. If you look in preliminary paperwork you will see the call was called in at 2:59 pm on March 26,1984 and he was at work on that day, at that time, and knew nothing of these crimes. He was just walking North Philly street around the corner from home and cops swooped in and said you fit the description and that was the last day of his freedom, March 29, 1984 three days later. Having life confinement for this charge, him considered as violent which is so far from the truth. No one could say he’s violent, he is innocent. Everyone in the neighborhood knew it wasn’t true especially the officers involved from the 22nd and 39th dist. The good guys don’t talk after they seen what could happen to them. The bad guys knew of the cops that was dirty and knew my brother was a scapegoat The Phila cops changed time during trial to fit the crime. There was no evidence, no investigation, proof,wrong description, not picked in lineup, no true or real reason, just on the basis of theories by the DA. Carl didn’t hang in streets, he only went to work and come home. He was and is a good guy. He had recently graduated from JobCorp, came back home to Phila and found a job at KFC. It’s been 32 yrs now and our families are still deeply hurt and hoping someone will look and see the truth.
    What can be done for those black men incarcerated by the system that shouldn’t have been there from the past? At the time we really believed in the justice system, that truth prevails until the system showed us in 1984 that it doesn’t. This has affected us deeply and still does. I can be reached at 215 992-4536. My brother is at Frackville, PA #AY6498. We need help
    Iris Pendleton

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  2. Thomas Nephew says:

    This seems like a terribly unjust prosecution and incarceration. As most of us are Montgomery County Maryland residents, our voices may not carry as much weight as those of Pennsylvanians in questioning what happened. But maybe we can help in some other way; as a first try, I’d recommend contacting The Innocence Project, an organization known for taking on cases like this one. Maybe they can help you, or direct you to someone in Pennsylvania who can. — Sorry for the late reply, I’ve been away on a trip and then had to catch up with work.

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