Essay on Racial Profiling
Racial Profiling refers to the discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targets of targeted individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual’s race, ethnicity, and religion or nation origin. I am against racial profiling, it is typical practiced by police upon reliance on a group of characteristics deemed to be associated with crime. In 2000, 20 state legislatures considered legislation which would require compiling records on police stops according to the journal article Racial Profiling by Baltimore: Prejudice Institute. Some proposals include fining police officers who engage in profiling and withholding state funds from offending police departments.
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In certain circumstances profiling can be understandable as noted in the article Racism vs. Reality by Richard Cohen. “It does no one any good to merely cite the number of stop and frisks involving black males without citing the murder statistics as well”. Police however cannot abuse their authority and using race as the only determining factor but ignoring race is not an opinion. ‘In New York City, blacks make up a quarter of the population, yet they represent 78 percent of all shooting suspect almost all of them young men.” Racially profiling is acceptable under certain circumstances when a variety of factors are used to deem someone suspicious.
The topic of racial profiling was heavily discussed during the Trayvon Martin case some strongly claiming that George Zimmerman used