Racial Profiling: The 4th And 14th Amendment

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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 United States Department of Justice made this statement after the September 11, 2001 attacks “may consider race, ethnicity, and other relevant factors to the extent permitted by our laws and the Constitution.” The quote was referring to the federal law enforcers and how they are allowed to use racial profiling to aid them in their search for criminals. The Department of Justice made this statement granting federal officers permission to use racial profiling in order to determine criminals, and hoping this would prevent further terrorist attacks. The article mentions how this form of identifying criminals should be used only if it complies with the law and constitution. The law enforcers at the time were encouraged to use racial profiling because of fear of future attacks. So the advocates of using racial profiling in law enforcement justified the use of it with the fear they had. To some people racial profiling is justifiable because it aids with police work. Even though many statistics suggest that racial profiling is mostly ineffective when searching for individuals spontaneously. The supporters believe that racial profiling is not an infringement of the constitution but it is merely a tool that is used by federal law

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