Racial profiling has been a common controversy between law enforcement and communities, specifically those of a minority population. This activity has been ultimately allowed by federal and state governments as they benefit from the aid in pinpointing or otherwise targeting criminals or illegal aliens. Furthermore, racial profiling has become more of a commonly encountered practice especially after the September 11 attacks.
Racial profiling is not a new activity but is now more widely seen on the streets and in social media which in turn has caused a negative impact on law enforcement and social unrest among minorities. In fact, "Carter indicates that the debate involving racial and ethnic profiling following the terroristic attacks opened the doors for the federal government to conduct more extensive routine enforcement and investigations which will probably get out of hand" .
How can racial profiling be eliminated from being used in law enforcement's daily tasks especially when it is used to purposely stop an individual based on the premises of race and/or ethnicity? Unfortunately, the practice will probably not see any end in sight. To explain, "Johnson states that complaints of law enforcement relying on racial profiling to conduct traffic stops has been a problem that has been more of an annoyance for the people in this country" . Furthermore, "Johnson demonstrates that in the case of Whren v. United States (1996), the Supreme Court failed to address the problem of stopping vehicles with no reason based on the race of the driver and passengers by declaring that the Fourth Amendment had no power to declare the stops unconstitutional and that any traffic offense merited the stop" .
The problem in Whren v. United States was that it gave more power to officers in conducting traffic stops of...