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Law enforcement works to halt racial profiling
McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton
Amid a storm of claims of racial profiling and police abuse nationwide, a new law has been enacted in Tennessee to require all law enforcement agencies to have a written policy when it comes to racial profiling – something Warren County and McMinnville have already done ahead of the enactment this year.The measure that went into effect Jan. 1 defines racial profiling as the detention, interdiction, or other disparate treatment of an individual based solely on perceived race, color, ethnicity or national origin. While racial profiling is not new, supporters say they felt a greater need for the measure amid the rash of white police officers killing unarmed black men. Last month, U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III announced that federal prosecutors were reviewing a white Memphis police officer’s fatal shooting of a black teen in July.