Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott, a vocal critic of area law enforcement tactics, will testify to U.S. senators next week on racial profiling.
Scott was invited to the Tuesday hearing titled “Ending Racial Profiling in America” in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.
The Senate is currently considering legislation sponsored by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin that would prohibit the use of racial profiling by federal, state or local law enforcement officials.
Scott was among critics of a North Charleston police officer’s actions in a March 25 incident in which 17-year-old Carlton Pringle was shot after the police said he pointed a gun at the officer.
Scott, who has led the local branch for 12 years, said in a statement today that in addition to testifying Tuesday, she will lobby for support of the bill among South Carolina’s congressional delegation.
Scott has characterized the North Charleston’s Police Departments on-going effort to crack down on crime in poor black neighborhoods as racial profiling. Police counter that their no-tolerance of lawbreaking campaign is not racial profiling but an effect means of reducing crime. Scott concedes that the effort appears to have reduced crime, but she says it’s also harassament of good citizens.
The ends don’t justify the means, she says.
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