Last week Maryland became the first state to adopt the US Department of Justice’s Profiling Guidelines. The much-anticipated revisions to the original 2003 guidelines were intended to end discriminatory profiling by law enforcement by expanding the protected categories from race and ethnicity to also include national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and religion. Unfortuantely, glaring loopholes remained. So in the space between implementing flawed guidelines and demanding new revisions, Maryland stepped up. The ACLU of Maryland and the Maryland State Conference NAACP both welcomed the adoption as a step in the right direction. We hope so.