U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference before a roundtable meeting in Cleveland, Ohio on Dec. 4, 2014.
Tony Dejakā€”AP
By NBC News
December 8, 2014

Profiling on the basis of religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity by federal law-enforcement agencies will be banned, the Justice Department announced Monday.

The draft changes have been under review for months and Attorney General Eric Holder was eager to issue them before he steps down.

The new policy means that federal law-enforcement officers cannot use these characteristics as the basis for making routine or spontaneous law-enforcement decisions like traffic stops. The older rules, in effect since 2003, barred making those stops on the basis of race or ethnicity …

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