Racial Profiling : A Controversial Issue For All Of America Essay

1882 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
African-American Males Racially Profiled by Police Officers

Racial profiling has become a controversial issue for all of America especially African-American males because of the recent increases of their arrest and killing by police officers across America. African-American males are the major targets of police officers who engage in racial profiling. (Weatherspoon). As defined by the American Civil Liberties Union, “racial profiling is the discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual’s race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.” The practice of racial profiling by police officers has increased the rate of traffic stops of African-American male drivers as well as the incarceration and killing of African-American males. The use of police body cameras and training of police officers as well as new laws and community involvement are suggested solutions to decrease or even eliminate police brutality and racial profiling. Racial profiling of African-America males has been present since the twentieth-century and is just a dressed up form of racial discrimination. Throughout the 1990’s, there has been debates over whether racial profiling and disparity exists within the United States criminal justice system (Harris). Although not all law enforcement officials think alike some of them will probably argue that racial profiling is over exaggerated. For example, in his article "There Is No Need for…

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