Bill would require racial profiling ban in Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would require all of the state’s law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis. Kelsey said in a release Thursday that the measure comes in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, and the demonstrations that have followed a grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

In Kelsey’s words: “Whether you agree with the decision of Ferguson or not, we should all agree that racial profiling has no place in law enforcement in our state.”

The Legislature kicks off its annual session on Jan. 13.