Racial Profiling and Traffic Safety
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This paper argues against racial profiling as it applies to law enforcement involving traffic. The paper begins by giving examples of how racial prejudice may influence police to undertake extensive searches of people based on their racial or ethnic background. Then, it defines racial profiling and why it is controversial. Next, the paper presents statistics on Americans' outlooks on racial profiling, further arguing that people should be looked at as individuals with varied traits and characters apart from their ethnicity and color of their skin. Finally, the paper points out that racial profiling is illegal in many instances. The paper concludes by stating that racial profiling as presented herein is wrong and should not be practiced in a democratic and just society.
From the Paper:"Racial profiling has been the forefront news for several decades now because it is real and it is actually happening whether one is Latino, Asian, African-American, etc. in origin. This act is often prevalent in government agencies especially in the law enforcement and judicial arenas. Racial profiling is defined as the practice of targeting individuals for police or security interdiction, detention, or other disparate treatment based primarily on their race or ethnicity, in the belief that certain minority groups are more likely to engage in unlawful behavior (Laney, 2004). A more layperson definition would be: "profiling occurs when police use race to determine which citizens are subjected to police authority, such as stops, searches, and various forms of coercion (Parks & Mastrofski, 2005). There have been fingers pointed at different law enforcement agencies whether federal, state or local that some ethnic and racial groups are targeted for profiling. The actions are done most especially at traffic stops or during road block searches."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Grogger, J. & Ridgeway, G. (2005, June 21). Testing for racial profiling in traffic stops from behind a veil of darkness. [Online] Retrieved September 5, 2009 from, http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/about/publications/working-papers/pdf/wp_05_07.pdf.
- Laney, G.P. (2004, February 17). Racial profiling: Issues and federal legislative proposals and options. [Online] Retrieved September 5, 2009 from, http://www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/crsreports/crsdocuments/RL32231_02172004.pdf.
- Parks, R.B. & Mastrofski, S.D. (2005, November 1). Police racial profiling in two American cities: Some evidence on stops and searches. [Online] Retrieved September 5, 2009 from, http://www.indiana.edu/~workshop/papers/parks_festschrift.pdf.
- Whitney, M. (2007). The statistical evidence of racial profiling in traffic stops and searches: Rethinking the use of statistics to prove discriminatory intent. Boston College Law Review, 49(263), 263-299. [Online] Retrieved September 5, 2009 from, http://www.bc.edu/schools/law/lawreviews/bclawreview/meta-elements/pdf/49_1/05_whitney_web.pdf.
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