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Two NY politicians back racial profiling for terrorism searches

[JURIST] A New York City councilman and state assemblyman have announced support for racial profiling in terrorism searches to protect the New York transit system from attacks like the recent London bombings. Assemblyman Dov Hikind [official website], a Democrat from Brooklyn, said "They all look a certain way. It's all very nice to be politically correct here, but we're talking about terrorism." Hikind will introduce legislation to allow racial profiling. Republican City Councilman James Oddo [official profile] said on Tuesday he will introduce a City Council resolution supporting Hikind's bill and praised Hikind for "rushing headlong against the strong undertow of political correctness." New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] said he opposes profiling for "fairness reasons" and the NYPD has said that such profiling is "illegal, of doubtful effectiveness and against department policy." AP has more.

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