Essay on Racial Profiling by Police is Not Correct

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In general, experience is very valuable and can aid in making decisions or judgment calls. This is especially true for law enforcement given the nature of their line of work. Police often need to make decisions based on little, specific information. In the same way experience can negatively affect an officer’s decision-making process. Likewise, experience can breed bias. Human’s all carry cultural baggage that may directly affect our actions and decisions. This by no means is an attempt to justify all the choices that an officer may make, but it may explain an inherent reason behind the decision. However, it is also important to remember that police have a variety of powers, such as authority, force and discretion. Each of these …show more content…
Behavior seems like a better and more appropriate signifier of who is a suspect than race or ethnicity. The use of racial profiling has been condemned from multiple perspectives. For the most part, the general public has a negative opinion about racial profiling. This has led to a shift in police departmental policies away from racial profiling. Many states have enacted “laws mandating that police collect demographic information on stops” (Pollock, 2010, p. 213). Scrutiny from both the federal government and public caused police departments to develop formal policies that either “discourage and/or prohibit stops solely based on race” (Pollock, 2010, p. 213). However, stops based on race still occur and informal policies continue to support stops based on race. While it may be important for a police department to consider public opinion about racial profiling, it is also important for them to protect their integrity. In addition the continued use of racial profiling is a product of formal policies that lack effectiveness. Courts also allow the use of race to continue to a certain degree. Race can be one of the elements of suspicion, but it should not be the only reason a person is a suspect. While race may be used by the officer, the courts want to ensure that there is probable cause for

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