Wesley Lowery, THE WASHINGTON POST
WASHINGTON (The Washington Post)—Just days after a scathing report accused police in Ferguson, Mo of over-enforcement that is racially discriminatory and aimed at raising revenue for the city, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) will introduce a bill that would make such policing practices a federal civil rights violation.
The Fair Justice Act would make it a civil rights violation punishable by up to five years in prison for a police officer, chief or department to enforce criminal or traffic laws for the purpose of raising revenue.
“The time has come to end the practice of using law enforcement as a cash register, a practice that has impacted too many Americans and has disproportionately affected minority and low-income communities,” Cleaver said in a statement provided to The Washington Post. “No American should have to face arbitrary police enforcement whose sole purpose is to raise revenue for a town, city, or state.”