Racial profiling is a term society has become familiar with in the past few years; however, it is not a new phenomenon. Racial profiling according to Fredrickson, "occurs when law enforcement officials rely on race, skin color, and/or ethnicity as an indication of criminality, reasonable suspicion, or probable cause, except when it is part of the description of a particular suspect" (1). There are many opposing views on racial profiling; some believe it to be a useful tool used by law enforcement, while others believe it to be another way to discriminate against minorities. This paper sets out to examine racial profiling from its origin to present day, taking a look into both sides of the racial profiling issue to find what if any laws are
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He describes the experience as traumatizing for both himself and his children, who watched in fear from the truck as the abuse took place (Heuman). One can imagine the view that Mr. Garcia's children hold of law enforcement officers. They saw their dad being beat and maced at the hands of someone who is supposed to protect and serve them. Cases like Mr. Garcia's are prime examples of why many in today's society, especially those of color, lose faith in the criminal justice system and do not respect officers of the law.
In the past few years the issue of racial profiling has become a predominant issue for state and federal law enforcement agencies. Agencies have been scrutinized for the lack of laws prohibiting stops of individuals based on race and ethnicity. We, the public, have seen and heard of numerous cases of police violence on individuals of color. Racial profiling has been around before the attacks on the World Trade Centers; however, the cases of profiling have seemed to heighten after 9-11 as opposed to hearing of African-American discrimination it has now turned to those of Arabic decent.
Different individuals hold different opinions of racial profiling, many believe it is a useful tool using the rationale that most African-Americans or Arabic individuals that they stop have warrants out for their arrest or are currently involved in