Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published March 23, 2012


Murder of Unarmed Florida Teenager Demands Justice

On Monday, March 26, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will join leaders of the Maryland civil rights community at a rally to end racial profiling – a threat to the lives of African-American men and members of other minority communities.

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the tragic, avoidable shooting death of Trayvon Martin. An unarmed Martin, 17, was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer on February 26 on his way home from a convenience store in Sanford, FL.

“The African-American community and other minority communities have a right to be outraged by the fact that young men are often singled out for suspicion and viewed as dangerous – even walking home from a convenience store. Profiling based on race, ethnicity, national origin or religion has no place in America,” said Senator Cardin.

In October 2011, Senator Cardin introduced legislation, End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), S. 1670, which would protect minority communities by prohibiting the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officials. The bill is supported by the NAACP, ACLU, the Rights Working Group, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on S. 1670 on April 17.

WHAT: Senator Cardin and civil right to hold rally to end racial profiling in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin

WHEN: Monday, March 26 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Center for Urban Families,
2201 N. Monroe Street,
Baltimore, MD 21217