Racial Profiling and Crime Argumentative Essay by Peter Pen

Racial Profiling and Crime
An examination of the practice of racial profiling in the fight against crime.
# 58159 | 1,457 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on May 02, 2005 in Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections) , Hot Topics (General)

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Racial profiling, when used with other criminal indicators, can be a very powerful tool for crime fighters. This paper argues that it can help to narrow the number of suspects that police must look at when trying to make an arrest for a crime or even prevent one. As some people and organizations complain about the use of racial profiling, calling it a racist act, law enforcement cannot do its job properly without being harshly criticized. It explains that it is possible that a few innocent people may be inconvenienced as a result of racial profiling, but it something that people must learn to deal with if they want to live in a world with less crime.

From the Paper:

"Sgt. Mike Lewis is a good cop that has been ridiculed due to the area that he works in. There is a larger concentration of black men smuggling drugs in this area, so it would only make sense that he is arresting more blacks. Not everyone sees it this way. Some people feel that he is unfairly targeting black males and either harassing or arresting them. For this reason, he has begun to overlook some traffic violations of blacks so that he can avoid being called a racist. By doing this he is most likely allowing a greater number of criminals to make it through his area unscathed. He isn't the only one that is shying away from pretext stops of minorities. Officers across the nation are letting some offenders go in order to protect them selves from criticism. Their job is hard enough without everyone with an opinion telling them how to do it. Police officers should be able to do their jobs without having to constantly worry about what group or organization is looking over their back at any given time."

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