Disarming the Political Grenade
Analyze the political and social
effects of racial profiling within law enforcement. Conduct research and find
at least two scholarly resources on this topic. Then, conduct a brief
comparative analysis between criminal profiling and racial profiling. Identify
the concerns brought forward by the community and the American Civil Liberties
Union (A.C.L.U.) regarding racial profiling. Provide your opinion on how law
enforcement should allay these concerns
Week 4 discussion 2
According to the ACLU “Racial Profiling refers to the discriminatory practice by law enforcement
officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the
individual's race, ethnicity, religion or national origin” (ACLU 2005).
The effect that racial profiling can have on the political game as well as the
public is severe. Take the NYPD policy of stop and frisk. In which the police
officers’ conduct this practice by first stopping then questioning then
frisking; this is commonly referred to as a Terry stop in other parts of the
country. However since the NYPD has adopted this practice statistics have shown
the majority of stops where conducted on minorities. This has the public in
outrage along with the NYCLU and ACLU. Due to such negative attention and
political pressure the policy has since been abandoned.
When it comes to racial profiling and criminal profiling the distinct line
between the two is often shaded by outside groups who are usually one a one
track mind, who look for any negative actions by police then understanding all
the elements. Criminal profiling, generally, as practiced by police, is the
reliance on a group of characteristics they believe to be associated with
crime. Criminal profiling is an essential tool gained through experience and
time. For example one who works drug interdiction on our nation’s highways
would educate themselves on the behaviors and characteristics on drug runners.
Can race or ethnicity play a role in criminal profiling yes however it is not
by any means the entirety of the profiling conducted by law enforcement. The concerns
I fell the ACLU has to profiling is keeping the integrity in check, mainly
because this nation has a negative past in dealing with minorities of all
types. Either the Irish of the late 1800’s of the Mexican on this time, and
everyone in between.
Civil Liberties Union. (2005). Racial Profiling: Definition. Retrieved from:
York Civil Liberties Union. (2015). Stop-and-Frisk Campaign: About the Issue.
Retrieved from. http://www.nyclu.org/issues/racial-justice/stop-and-frisk-practices
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