Report: Justice Department to expand ban on profiling

The Justice Department is set to ban federal agents from profiling based on religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation, according to The New York Times

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The department will expand its definition of racial profiling, which was banned by the George W. Bush administration, to include the expanded list. It is unclear if the ban would extend to national security cases as well, an exception to Bush’s ban in 2003. 

Attorney General Eric Holder told newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) about the plan on Wednesday during a meeting, according to the report. De Blasio had come out forcefully during last year’s election against the New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, which was ruled unconstitutional during the campaign because it disproportionately targeted African-Americans. 

The Justice Department rules will only cover federal law enforcement.  

The Justice Department did not comment on when the plan would be announced, but a Democratic congressional aide told The Times the announcement was imminent.