Essay about Law Enforcement And Its Effect On Minorities

1360 Words Dec 18th, 2014 null Page
Law enforcement is also targeting minorities in traffic stops by using their power to stop them for traffic violations. The police have greater suspicion towards minorities because they stereotype them by believing they always are the ones who commit crimes. According to Carver (2014), “the New York report showed that of 685,724 stops made by police that year, 53% of those questioned were black, 34% were Latino, 9% were white and 3% were Asian. The citywide population in 2011 was 23.4% black, 29.4% Hispanic, 12.9% Asian, and 34.3% non-Hispanic white, according to the report” (Carver, 2014). This statistic in New York is an overwhelming fact on how law enforcement targets minorities in traffic stops. The minorities in 2011, according to this statistic, are stopped 91% of the time while non-Hispanic whites are only stopped 9% of the time. Obviously the police are biased against minorities in traffic stops or else the facts would not be as lopsided as they are. Traffic stops are supposed to be random but clearly that is not the case whenever minorities are getting pulled over 91% of the time and they only consist of 65.7% of the population in New York that year. One possible explanation for this is that law enforcement put minorities in a stereotype where they all commit crimes. Police believe that they can find a more severe offense than a traffic violation when stopping minorities. They think that a middle-aged white male is less likely to have illegal substances on them than…

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