U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that he will soon release updated Justice Department guidance regarding racial profiling by federal law enforcement, saying the changes will introduce "rigorous new standards — and robust safeguards — to help end racial profiling, once and for all."
Holder made his remarks at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The new guidance "will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing," he said.
While in Atlanta, Holder met with law enforcement and community leaders and attended a public interfaith service and forum, The Associated Press reports. President Obama had asked Holder to meet with several communities following the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the location of his speech was significant, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached at the church. Holder reminded the audience of this, saying that "peaceful protest has long been a hallmark, and a legacy, of past struggles for progress."
At one point, Holder was interrupted by chants from a handful of people; he told them he appreciated their "genuine expression of concern and involvement," and was then given a standing ovation. --Catherine Garcia