“Profiling has taken a turn for the worst” Race shouldn’t be what moves police to believe that one group is more crime driven than another. And it shouldn’t be an argument that racial profiling by law enforcement is a real issue because it is and it must be dealt with now or never or this problem with continue into the future and most likely get worse over time. Over the course of my research I’ve found two key points that make my argument valid. Point one being that police are moved to police in there ways because of past Jim Crow laws. Point two is based on statistical facts about how many different races get stopped or frisked by police on average.
The overuse of free will allows officers to act at their own discretion when they see fit which can possible cause an influx of racial discrimination. This discrimination leads to protests and riots due to the fact people in a certain group feel targeted. As a fix for this issue, officers must work with multi-agency departments in order to establish impartial ways of policing while still maintaining the integrity of the judicial system. This may seem like a daunting task, however, the United States government started shaping the way people view citizens’ rights with the passing of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments back in the late 1960’s and the early
Justice Department announces that no federal civil rights charges will be brought against George Zimmerman, who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012”. Equally important, one contributing factor that has become evident is race. A big factor in the Trayvon Martin case was claimed to be racism; a diversity of people claimed Zimmerman as racist; I strongly feel if Trayvon Martin was white the situation, and results would have been different. In addition, the most notable racial profiling occurs mostly towards African Americans, specifically young black males. In other words, Justice is not being served for people of color, such a tragedy, African Americans have developed their own powerful movement of national protests and distributed all over social media hashtags such as
Stop and Frisk has been a controversial issue since it was first enacted in 1964. Stop and Frisk is a officer protection procedure where a person is stopped for what the officer deems "reasonably suspicious" and then if needed the officer will frisk the person for weapons. The part that has been deemed controversial and what had many departments in hot water was the fact that many of the citizens were being stopped solely on their race and because they were in a bad part of town. Former Mayor Bloomberg of New York City rejected the idea of the courts when they declared stop and frisk as unconstitutional. He accused the judge of not giving the city a fair trial and said they would appeal the ruling so that they could allow the current stop and frisk procedures to continue.
She argues that, “the war on marijuana has been waged primarily against black and brown youth.” This racial stigma is not a new concept; we all know about racial profiling and discrimination is prevalent in policing. There are criminological theories that suggest that there is a correlation between poverty and crime; however, most people associate poverty with minorities. The author suggests that police officers would not stop and search a white youth because they “look suspicious” or “seem out of place” whereas “black youth, get stopped, frisked and searched all the time.” Police officer’s patrol all areas and are trained to detect suspicious behavior.
Police in a sense have distributive power, with this authority comes accountability. As stated in Klinger’s “Into the Kill Zone” (2004), police make errors, they get scared, they suffer from post-traumatic stress after they shoot people and not all incidents involve death. Conversely, social media anti police brutality organizations have demonstrated the strain among all these different tiers when during a protest numerous black males wore t-shirts with the slogan, Don’t Shoot I’m really a Rich Old White
I would rate my confidence in the American system of criminal justice with a four and a half. My rating is low because my confidence in the American system of criminal justice continues to decline the more I understand what is really going on with the criminal justice system. Throughout the years, the undermining of my confidence continues to build because of the increase of racism linked with police brutality and abuse. The continuance of breaking the law is deteriorating the values and rules of what the founding brothers believed America should be built on. Racial Divide
Lorenz Aguilar Mrs.Matlen EWRC, Per.1 14 September 2016 Racial Profiling Essay Racial profiling is a worldwide problem that has been around for I don’t know how long. It happens in every corner of the world in the cities, workplace, communities, and countries in general. Racial profiling refers to the inequitable practice by authority officials targeting individuals for suspicion of any crime related based on the individual 's race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.
Police brutality has been an issue for more than a century. Between police officers and people of the community there has always been conflict on the rights for the people and how they are applied on the street or in action. The laws that were put in place to protect civilians were not strongly enforced at first but now today things have started to change. The most common reported abuse was towards African Americans, and the mentally ill. When police brutality started becoming an issue it was obvious that it was racism.
233). Studies from Peak et al. (2010) further indicate that bias base policing occurs mainly towards minorities and is racially insensitive (p. 233). Similar studies from Pollock (2014) revealed that men of color express more “distrust in the police because they fear force may be used on them due to their ethnicity and color” (p. 138). The notion previously stated by Pollock (2014) raised many questions about police ethics and morals, powers of discretion and pre-conceived discrimination, and prejudices that society has bestowed on individuals of minority background.
Instead the police often challenge black people for walking or driving. This leaves the communities frightened of police rather than feeling supported. In society today, the fear and violence in which the author lived when growing up in Baltimore still continue on. The growing media coverage of police brutality and racial injustice in the United States can be described as “An Event”. Because of all these issues taking place, many in society are becoming psychologically impacted never forgetting the events they have experienced.
The many citizens who see it as wrong should not be scared to take a stand but to remind the police departments the many deaths of the unarmed African-Americans who were either beaten or gunned down. As a young black man I see these many issues everyday no agency to police the police, the alibi “I felt threatened”, and racism which are all the wrong reasons to harass people even if they are not breaking the law. If we are able to have many protesters in the neighborhoods the police should try to take the message of doing their job fairly instead of doing it their
Some critics have argued that local police departments may have altered their statistics to produce internal promotions or departmental positions to support issues relating to crime and crime control that may or may not exist in their vicinity ( jblearning p 63). Most critics acknowledge, that there is potential for manipulation of the data records are not so great as to
While racial profiling can end in tragic police killings of unarmed individuals, such as with Eric Garner or Michael Brown, it also results in many unnecessary stops and searches, harassment and intimidation, and even confiscation of property without due process. The steps to curb this are clear: At all levels of government, we need definitive anti-profiling laws and policies, training of officers on the elimination of explicit and implicit bias, data collection on traffic stops and other police-community contacts, and development of internal and external accountability systems. With these efforts, police departments across the country can rebuild public trust and ensure that policing methods reinforce rather than undermine our democratic