This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

An Essay On The Reasons To Stop The Use Of Racial Profiling.

1431 words - 6 pages

Stereotyping and discrimination based simply on a difference in race are two things which are continually discouraged and condemned throughout our legal system, yet are promoted by even the Supreme Court when used by law enforcement in the practice of racial profiling. Police officers nationwide badger pedestrians, make traffic stops, and unjustly search citizens daily sometimes with their only reason being the color of the person's skin. It is this practice, racial profiling, which encourages law enforcement officials to discriminate against the very citizens they are hired to protect and to be suspicious of all people that might fit the "drug courier" profile. Basically, when applied to the police's practice or racial profiling, this means that suspicious people are either black or Hispanic. Racial profiling does more harm daily than is worth the handful of justified arrests it leads to. The nationwide victimization it creates, the ways in which police abuse its application, and the general racial ignorance it uses as its basis make racial profiling an unjustified method of law enforcement. Racial profiling, though permitted by the Supreme Court and lawmakers, must be stopped before it is taken any further than it already has been.Racial profiling is not just a problem in the minority neighborhoods of New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles, but rather is a disease that is plaguing our entire nation. Blacks and other minorities, joined by white activists, have been decrying the situation for many years, but have just now begun to be acknowledged as lawsuits are brought against police departments and dragged through the appellate court system, including the Supreme Court. Though some victims of racial profiling may win monetary settlements from these lawsuits, the courts still affirm and justify the use of the discriminatory practice.The statistics of racial profiling across the nation are astonishing. In the 1999 Report Crises of the Anti-Drug Effort, Chad Thevenot of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation records that "76 percent of the motorists stopped along a 50-mile stretch of I-95 by Maryland's Special Traffic Interdiction Force (STIF) were black." This number is quite disparaging when Thevenot informs that "Blacks constitute 25 percent of Maryland's population, and 20 percent of Marylanders with driver's licenses." Also, according to an Associated Press computer analysis of car searches between January and September of 1995, and as testified by a state police official, 94 percent of motorists stopped in New Jersey were black. The 2000 census reveals that only 13.6 percent of New Jersey's population is African-American. Reported racial profiling incidents by those that are victims to it often include police detaining them for over an hour on the side of the road, the dismantling of their vehicle looking for drugs, and physical and verbal abuse by the officers. Also, incidents in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Alabama have ended in...

Find Another Essay On An essay on the reasons to stop the use of racial profiling.

How Racial Profiling Led to the Death of Trayvon Martin

1002 words - 5 pages Racial Profiling As I walk to the store to pick up snacks for the next half of the super bowl, I am trying to make it quick. I finally arrive at the store and quickly get my two favorite items, skittles and an ice tea. Thinking to myself that this is all I need, not knowing that it would be my last meal. On the walk back home, I have a feeling that I am being followed. I speed up. I turn around to find that a grown Hispanic man, mid-age, and

Racial Profiling is Unfair to the Innocent

1183 words - 5 pages profiling by our nations police is the consequence of the rising concern about the war on drugs. Drug use and drug selling are not limited to minorities in the US , in fact five times as many whites use drugs. One of the major and most well known cases of racial profiling is the case of Amadou Diallo. Four white officers members of the anti street crime unit fired 41 shots at Diallo hitting him 19 times. The officers contended that they fired in

The Good and Bad of Racial Profiling

1486 words - 6 pages called unheard to see a blcak man with a nice car. Theres even an actual story where that has happened "On Oct 12, 1995, Johnny Grammage , a 31 yr old african american male was shot and killed after being pulled over while driving the jaguar of his cousins". That is just despicable an officer is only allowed to use a weapon if his life was in danger or if he had weapon but in this case neither was true. Racial profiling does not only affect race but

Racial Profiling of the Black Male

944 words - 4 pages Racial Profiling of the Black Male Racial profiling occurs when authority uses someone’s race or ethnicity to decide whether or not to use enforcement. This controversial act is highly illegal and is mostly caused by stereotypes of certain races and ethnicities. Black males are mostly targeted due to the color of their skin, the type of car they drive, the genre of music they are listening to and how they are dressed. Some call this act DWB

The extent and ethics of racial profiling

6064 words - 24 pages , since the 911 attack on the World Trade Center, Muslims and Arabs For the purpose of this paper, the definition that I will use concerning 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 criminal activity" (Ramirez, McDevitt

Racial Profiling In the Criminal Justice System - Stevenson University - Essay

2018 words - 9 pages , and the persons or things to be seized". Some law enforcement officials abuse this rule and take it upon themselves that an individual was "acting suspicious" so that they are justified in what they done. This does not help the problem of racial profiling here in America. The government issued the End Racial Profiling Act in 2011. It prohibits the use of profiling a race, gives individuals recourse if they've been targeted, institutes programs

Racial Profiling: The Color of Justice in America

1120 words - 4 pages profiling needs to end, it might appeal in some way to the reader's sense of responsibility, values system and beliefs. Cole provides a good example in order to demonstrate that even the Supreme Court has, in an indirect way, supported the racial profiling. In 1996, the Court upheld the practice of pretextual traffic stops and the use of coercive setting. In other words, these laws allow the troopers to stop motorists with the excuse of

Evidence of Sterotyping and Racial Profiling in the World

1558 words - 7 pages Statement of Topic I chose to use the racism as the social event to base this essay on because racism is still a strong factor in our social climate today. As evidenced in an article from the Daily News in October, a young Black male, Trayon Christian, was arrested at a high-end department store, Barney’s, in New York City for purchasing a $349.00 belt. The article indicates that Trayon was accused of using a fake debit card to purchase the

Racial Profiling in the United States

724 words - 3 pages often stereotyped based on a perspective of one or more people. In the United States racial profiling has become a serious problem that needs to stop and be dealt with severely before we get back to our former selves with segregation because of this current issue. A great example of “racial profiling” is the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman which was televised Nationwide because based on this racial stereotype a man made an assumption on a

Racial Profiling in the Medical Field

1618 words - 7 pages can be surmised by the use of racial profiling. People from every race are put into a category in order for the doctor to help benefit them and receive proper medical care. Racial profiling is also a prominent practice in research studies within the medical field. “Race and genes can clarify the purpose and promise of research based on the notion that vulnerabilities to certain diseases and response to treatment can sometimes vary by race. ‘Race

Racial Profiling in the United States

1826 words - 8 pages dictatorship. It is led by an ayatollah, which is defined as a religious leader. His name is Khamenei and he controls all Iranian affairs. Instead of the president, he holds the ultimate power in Iran. Since the ayatollah is so powerful, he chooses who will become president of Iran. It is not dependent on the people’s votes. The government and the ayatollah are both corrupt and do as they please instead of tending to the people’s needs. Most

Similar Essays

Racial Profiling By Police Must Stop

1757 words - 7 pages 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act being passed, time has repeated these tumultuous events again in the present. Racial profiling has been one of many civil rights issues concerning the unnecessary stopping and arresting of people based on race, color, ethnicity and gender. Skin-color has become evidence of the propensity to commit crime, and police use this "evidence" against minority drivers on

Stop And Frisk/Racial Profiling Should Be Made Illegal

1653 words - 7 pages does is unconstitutional and is a violation of people’s fourth amendment rights. The New York City Council overturned Mayor Michaels Bloomberg’s veto that seeks to end discrimination by race that helps a lot of communities to fill safer. The Community Safe Act includes two pieces. First, the End Discriminatory Profiling Act, passed by a vote 34-15, this act establishes an enforceable ban on profiling and discrimination by the New York Police

The Problem Of Racial Profiling Essay

1766 words - 7 pages , Attorney General) This bill would have placed severe restrictions on use of state funds for legal services for the poor. The bill was eventually stricken by its patron, but only after an agreement was made to prohibit further funding of a legal services program for migrant farm workers. (Virginia, legislature). The forum, a research and advocacy group for police executives concluded that racial profiling is a human rights issue that can be

The Use Of Profiling To Combat Terrorism

1373 words - 5 pages of an attack. To do this, Israel security forces use a method called predictive profiling. Predictive profiling is defined as “a method of situation and behavioral assessment designed to predict and categorize the potential for inappropriate, harmful, criminal and/or terrorist behavior, and consequently, allows for deployment of procedures required to eliminate these threats." (“Anti-terror techniques,”)This type of profiling focuses on the use of