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Senator Sherrod Brown Works to Strengthen Equal Protection Laws

A picture of Senator Sherrod Brown on June 8, 2018.
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Senator Sherrod Brown introduced a bill to strenghten equal protection laws.

Sen. Sherrodd Brown (D-Ohio) is cosponsoring legislation that would add teeth to laws intended to end racial profiling. The End Racial and Religious Profiling Act would strengthen existing equal protection laws.

Following the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes, Brown says it’s important to dismantle all racist systems and not just focus on police brutality.

“Black and brown communities across the country have been hit hardest by the coronavirus, they’re more likely to get sick, they’re less likely to have access to healthcare, they make up communities hurt by Jim Crow and redlining, and now the Trump Administration locking those discriminatory housing policies in.”

Brown is also set to introduce a resolution this week declaring racism a public health crisis.

Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media. A Northeast Ohio native and lifelong listener of public radio, Abigail started in public radio as a news intern at WKSU. She graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Kent State University.
Sean Fitzgerald is a senior journalism major at Kent State University. Sean has been with Black Squirrel Radio, Kent State's student-run radio station since the spring of 2018 as a sports show host and co-host, a web article contributor and now serves as the sports department director for the station. Sean hopes to pursue a career in sports journalism once he finishes school.