Racial Profiling Examples

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Another example that supports the argument of racial profiling as a violation of the constitution is the arrests made between non-whites and white individuals. Murphy, a director at the American Civil Liberties Union, also known as ACLU, wrote about the differences in non-white arrests versus black arrests when dealing with drugs. A statistic she mentions gives insight to the current problem of racial profiling. “Marijuana use is roughly equal among Blacks and whites, yet Blacks are 3.73 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.” (Murphy) This statistic shows that even though both non-white and white individuals use Marijuana about the same, the non-white minority is more likely to be arrested because of their race. This targeting …show more content…
The Guidance For Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Regarding The Use Of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Or Gender Identity is the new document describing the policy that has been implemented by the Department of Justice. The policy mentions the following “In making routine or spontaneous law enforcement decisions, such as ordinary traffic stops, Federal law enforcement officers may not use race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity to any degree”. This gives the law enforcers strict rules and a guide to follow. The policy that is now in place will help guide the officers in the workforce because unnecessary racial profiling can be avoided and citizens will not be targeted for their race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation and identification. The fact that the Department of Justice took notice of the racial profiling that is occurring in law enforcement, shows that the problem is getting out of hand and a solution was …show more content…
Holder is Attorney General and he implemented a policy to ensure that law enforcers will follow the constitution. Holder stated that "so that isolated acts of discrimination do not tarnish the exemplary work that 's performed by the overwhelming majority of America 's hard-working law enforcement officials each and every day." The new policy that Holder is referring to will make sure that the officers are accountable for their actions and will protect the individual from bias of race, gender or religion. He makes sure that his point is understood as he feels that racial profiling or profiling of any sort is needed in law enforcement. Some police officers make assumptions on who is a suspect based on their racial profile but the fact that innocent people are being pursued by these officers and being accused of a crime they never committed is a violation of the constitution. Therefore the policy created by the Department of Justice will be enforced by federal law enforcers but also by local police officers. This new policy enforces the 4th as well as 14th amendment because it ensures that citizens have equal protection under the

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