Racial Profiling In The Police

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Law enforcement and other professions dealing with large, diverse groups of citizens face scrutiny as part of the job requirement. This not only exposes them to delicate situations or other cultures but, to the social activism sprung from the under lying problems of the communities. Poverty stricken communities are forced with stereotypes of violence and looting promoting the idea that this is the way of the entire community. (Text 4) This leads to an underlying problem of misunderstanding contributing to other problems, such as law enforcement brutality. Yet, poverty itself is not to blame. The tension between law enforcement and social activists seems to cultivate rapidly even though a lack of information is provided. Thus, leading to a …show more content…
Studies have shown that racial profiling is relevant in the police force, leading people of color to more likely be stopped by police (Text 1).”The two young black men on one side of the street look like so many others the officer has locked up. Two white men on the other side of the street-even in the same clothes-do not. The officer does not make the same association about the two white guys, whether the officer is white or black. And that drives different behavior. The officer turns toward one side of the street and not the other. We need to come to grips with the fact that this behavior complicates the relationship between police and the communities they serve. (Text 1)” If this is true, that a large amount of officers minds over time, “program” themselves to think this way, almost as an instinct, then the communities that they serve especially those with a high minority rate should be informed. The lack of knowledge on why things occur only creates tension. With race playing a key factor tensions arise and take over social media with several voicing their opinions. Black males are 21 times more likely to be shot than males their age and African Americans are three times more likely to be killed by law enforcement (Text 1).Such minorities like African Americans and Latinos agree the police are more likely to use brutality, these communities also lack confidence in the police force (Text 1). If all officers knew this, it’s possible they would handle situations differently if they knew suspects were already in fear. Fear seems to be widespread as the author of Text 2 writes: “Everyone I knew who lived in that world regarded the police not with admiration and respect but with fear and caution” These feelings lead to misunderstanding. Yet, even if officers and citizens understood each other perfectly, some officers enforce brutality. Even with all of these horrible things happening. Civilians are told to remain

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