Dr. Linda Wynn
Dr. Linda Wynn
April 1, 2015
Male African Americans & Racial Profiling in American
Considering our time and age racial profiling one of the most untouched subjects in history, especially in the law-enforcement community. Most people get it confused with criminal profiling which is not the same. Racial profiling is any police-initiated action that relies on the race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than the behavior of an individual or information that leads the police to a particular individual who has been identified as being or having been, engaged in ...view middle of the document...
So the question is, why does it keep happening?
WHAT IS RACIAL PROFILING?
One of the most important civil rights facing our nation today is racial profiling. The main source of those accused of racial profiling are police officers. Over the years racial profiling has become a significant topic especially among law enforcement agencies across the United States. Many cities and states have made a conscious effort to study racial profiling and ascertain how race and ethnicity plays a significant role in stopping vehicles by law enforcement in their jurisdictions (Cleary, 2000). This research review will examine the argument of whether racial profiling is practiced significantly by police agencies nationwide, and whether such practices are beneficial or not? The determination of whether race is a significant factor in the likelihood of being stopped by law enforcement is the purpose of this research.
In the eyes of citizens, racial profiling by a police officer can be defined as “any police-initiated action that relies on the race, ethnicity or national origin rather than behavior of an individual or information that leads the police to a particular individual who has been identified as being, or having been, engaged in criminal activity” (Ramirez, 2000). For instance, concerning traffic stops, the use of racial profiling can be defined as when the race or ethnicity of a person is a factor in deciding to stop, question, search, or arrest someone. It is this view of the execution of racial profiling that leads to a lack of trust in police officers. Currently citizens of the community look down upon the law enforcement officers who are trying to perform simple tasks to carry out their jobs.
PROFILING ON THE RISE
Racial Profiling is currently experiencing an uprising in the United States. This issue may be one of the biggest problems we face amongst the American society and the death toll is adding up pushing it to the top. United States citizens have rights, and racial profiling is a major violation of these rights. The effects of racial profiling are experienced not only by the citizens but also creates a view of incompetence of police officers and law enforcement agencies. Accusations of racial profiling against police officers are hard to investigate because of a lack of evidence and accountability of the officers but with the new police body cameras that will change that. The camera has already help solve several cases in police brutally. Racial discrimination is discouraged both by law and morality; however, there are still many who continue to ignore the large extent to which racial profiling constantly adds to the sense of resentment that is felt by blacks in every socioeconomic level of society towards the establishment of law enforcement. If cooperation with the police is lost, the prosecutors are seen as the enemy by the citizens, and jurors that want to get even with a system of justice who they feel has consistently failed...