Civil Rights/Civil Liberties

Civil rights and civil liberties are the building blocks of the rule of law in our country. We must strive to find a balance that allows us to uphold the U.S. Constitution, protect our civil liberties, and fulfill our solemn obligation to protect the American people. I am dedicated to ensuring protections against any form of discrimination and have led the Senate in promoting the end to racial profiling by law enforcement, reopening the Equal Rights Amendment for ratification and protecting the right to vote from intimidation and intentionally deceptive practices. I am dedicated to ensuring protections against any form of discrimination, including race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity veterans status, or sexual orientation.

Every individual must have an equal opportunity to live his or her life and fulfill the American Dream. This is only possible when the government protects the civil rights and civil liberties of every citizen. In Baltimore and nationwide, we must redouble our efforts to continue the dialogue and the hard work needed to rebuild the trust between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they are sworn to protect and serve. In the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, we must all work together to implement needed reforms in the Baltimore Police Department.

No one – not even the President of the United States -- is above the law. I will continue to insist that our federal judges in Maryland and throughout the nation meet the highest standards of judicial integrity and respect for the civil rights and liberties of all Americans.