Racial and Social Profiling

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Violence in the form of police brutality continues to be a major concern for both the public and the law enforcement profession. Unwarranted use of force and other forms of mistreatment of citizens is not uncommon in American History.

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Ronealle EdgarSociology Final Paper 12.20.12Racial and Social ProfilingViolence in the form of police brutality continues to be a major concern for both the public and the law enforcement profession. Unwarranted use of force and other forms of mistreatment of citizens is not uncommon in American History. Law enforcement records dating back to the movement across the Mississippi to the West provide numerous examples of the shoot first, ask questions later or do whatever is necessary attitude of officers. It is a fight that peoples of color and those with low social status face every day. I ask, How and why does social class and ethnicity affect how a citizen is treated by law enforcement? Police brutality and murder are arguably the most visible, direct and clear expressions of racialized state power in the United States. To say this is an epidemic as many have is somewhat of a simplification. Analysts has described epidemics as an indiscriminate force of nature, seemingly emerging from nowhere, affecting people at random. Many have been arguing about this for years but a lot of us have not seen it as we should. This is what this paper is based on, to show that this is a real threat and provide evidence. How does a persons social status affect how they are treated by the law? When you have a lot of money, you can afford to get what you want but as always not everyone has all that money. So what do most of us do? We use what we h

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