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ANDRE THAPEDI

JUDICIARY

S T A T E R E P R E S E N T A T I V E 32^ D I S T R I C T

JOINT COMMITTEE O N
ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

May 1, 2015

ELIMINATE RACIAL PROFILING ACT


Today, I filed HB 4209 which creates the "Eliminate Racial Profiling Act,"

This comprehensive legislation extends civil protections to those persons raci


enforcement in this State.

While Illinois has made meaningful efforts to curtail this practice by enac

Statistical Study Act (625 ILCS 5/11-212) and the Racial Profiling Prevention

Act (20 ILCS 2715) - the focus of these laws relates to traffic stops only;
Statistical Study Act is scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2019.

The Eliminate Racial Profiling Act goes beyond traffic stops currently the su

to include all law enforcement stops and searches. While Terry v. Ohio, 392 U
good law, racial profiling is stopping and searching someone based primarily
-

rather

than

being

stopped

and searched

based

upon

a reasonable

suspi

observation of the violation of a law.


The purpose of the "Eliminate Racial Profiling Act" is multifold.

First, the

racial profiling by either State or local law enforcement officials is both i


Court.

Secondly, the Bill mandates that law enforcement officers and agencie

and religion while doing their important albeit dangerous


welfare

of lllinoisans.

job

of protectin

Lastly, the Bill requires law enforcement to docu

searches; and, to further develop policies and procedures

to eliminate raci

State of Illinois.
The recent tragic deaths of: 12-year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland;

Michael B

Eric Garner in Staten Island; John Crawford III in Dayton; and, Freddie Gray
examples of why this legislation, HB 4209, is necessary.

For further information contact Representative Andre' Thapedi at (773) 873-444

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