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ACLU of Illinois Sues Justice Department and Homeland Security Officials over Failure to Release Racial Profiling Data August 132003 The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois asked a federal court to order the release of data that will help the public determine whether federal law enforcement agencies are engaged in racial profiling On June 91999 the president then-President Bill Clinton ordered Fairness in Law Enforcement Data Collection which mandates collection of data regarding contacts between Law enforcement officials and members of the public The request specified that it include but was not limitied to A all ducuments relating or referring to official policies B all documents relating or referring to training materials C all forms provided to agents on which they are to gather data D all compilations of data and E all analyses of data The lawsuit was filed in federal district court against the Justice Department and the new Department of Homeland Security It seeks enforcement of the federal Freedom of Information Act which compels government officials to disclose certain records to the public This lawsuit questions whether the promises made by this act were in fact a real commitment or just a way to keep everyone happy for the time being The lawsuit specifically seeks the data from the Justice Department about the operations of the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and from the newly created Department of Homeland Security about the operations of the Customs Service This collection of data is considered to be a vital part in addressing the problem we have with racial profiling By mandating this supervisory personnel can efficiently ascertain if individual officers are targeting particular ethinic minority groups The author gave a web site on more information on the ACLUs work to end racial profiling You would go to httpwwwacluorgRacialEqualityRacialEqualitylistcfmc133 The ACLU complaint is online and can be found at httpwwwaclu-ilorgmailingsFOIA20Complaintpdf The Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich recently signed
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