Rep. Peter King: New Holder Profiling Rules Are PC 'Gone Crazy'

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 07:21 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Plans by the Justice Department to expand its rules on racial profiling by banning U.S. agents from considering religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation, are "political correctness gone crazy," according to Rep. Peter King of New York.

"I don't even know what they mean by this. The fact is, I don't know of any profiling that goes on in the way that would be wrong," King, who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"For instance, you just can't go out and lock up a black person or an Italian person or an Irish person because of their race of ethnic background now.

"But if you're told that a person is of a particular race or particular background and there's other circumstances, you have to take race into account or you have to take gender into account. I mean it's crazy."

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King believes the rules for pursuing suspects in law enforcement is cut and dry.

"If the report is that it's probably a black person involved, are you going to be stopping whites? Similarly, if you hear it's a white guy you're going to be interviewing blacks or questioning blacks? It just seems to be political correctness gone crazy," he said.

"A lot of it also goes back to this whole idea of the police go where the crimes are committed and usually crimes come from particular ethnic areas and it can be anywhere across the board. The fact is it makes no sense to be going outside that particular area when you know that most of the crime is coming from a particular neighborhood or block.

"Going back to years ago in the South when a black civil rights leader was killed, I wouldn't waste a lot of time interviewing blacks or questioning blacks. You would go to white areas which would be known for racist activity. So it's taking away a valuable police tool."

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder told New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about the proposed new policy during a meeting in New York. A Democratic congressional aide told the newspaper an announcement was "imminent."

But King is not impressed.

"[It's] intelligence policing and, if you want to call that profiling, it's profiling, but it's not going after a person because of their race or ethnic background," King said.

"It's because it's believed that the person who carried those crimes are the people that are coming from a particular group at a certain time."

King said he was disappointed the Justice Department has decided not to pursue criminal charges over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups in 2011 and 2012 — and believes an investigation into why is warranted.

"There are so many serious allegations involving the IRS and how this Justice Department could have concluded that there was no grounds for prosecution … has to be investigated because this was a clear abuse of power ," King told Steve Malzberg.

"Any abuse of power by a government agency is wrong, but it's particularly wrong with the IRS because they, in many ways, have as close to the power of life and death over you as anyone.

"They can destroy people, they can destroy their life's savings, they can destroy their families, and to allow the IRS to do anything which constitutes an abuse of power, to me, is wrong and it seemed to be so systematic here and so extensive. To me, it cries out for an inspector general investigation as to why there was no criminal action brought."

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