Hate crimes, civil rights become law enforcement focus during Obama years

President Barack Obama took office vowing to "vigorously pursue" hate crimes and civil rights cases. He also wanted to work to end racial profiling by police — a cause for which he’d been fighting since his days in Illinois politics. Obama managed to direct his Justice Department and work with Congress to address the first two, but has come up short with lawmakers on the third. He fulfilled a pledge to support the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which he signed in August 2009. We rated it a Promise Kept. That law broadened federal jurisdiction … >>More
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