Racial Profiling and the Federal Government Argumentative Essay by BrainC

Racial Profiling and the Federal Government
This paper argues that the federal government should end racial profiling by requiring police and law enforcement officers to keep detailed records of each individual they stop to question or search.
# 53177 | 1,630 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US

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This paper explains that racial profiling is the practice of stopping and searching African-American or Hispanic drivers at rates far disproportionate to their numbers on the road. The author points out that a number of cases of racial profiling have led to altercations, slayings, and national protests. The paper stresses that racial profiling undercuts our national commitment to justice for every person and that every citizen has the right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty.

From the Paper:

"One example of racial profiling reported in Black Enterprise was that of Robert L. Wilkins, a Harvard-educated Washington attorney. He was traveling along U.S. Interstate 68 in 1992, returning from his grandfather's funeral, when a Maryland state trooper pulled the family's rented Cadillac over for speeding. The trooper asked to search the car and its contents, but Wilkins refused. So the trooper set loose a drug-sniffing dog to comb the car's exterior, including the windshield, the hubcaps, and the taillights while Wilkins and his family stood in the rain. No drugs were found, and the Wilkins family was completely humiliated. They were later awarded a $95,000 settlement from the Maryland State Police, as well as an agreement by the agency to keep records to help prevent occurrence of discrimination (Jones, 2000). This is a valid example of racial profiling, which should be stopped."

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