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Introduction On February 4 1999 Amadou Diallo an unarmed 22 year-old immigrant from New Guinea West Africa was shot and killed in the narrow vestibule of the apartment building where he lived Four white officers Sean Carroll Kenneth Boss Edward McMellon and Richard Murphy fired 41 bullets hitting Diallo 19 times All four were members of the New York City Police Departments Street Crimes Unit which under the slogan We Own the Night used aggressive stop and frisk tactics against African Americans at a rate double that groups population percentage A report on the unit by the state attorney general found that blacks were stopped at a rate 10 times that of whites and that 35 percent of those stops lacked reasonable suspicion to detain or had reports insufficiently filled out to make a determination Thousands attended Diallos funeral Demonstrations were held almost daily along with the arrests of over 1200 people in planned civil disobedience In a trial that was moved out of the community where Diallo lived and to Albany in upstate New York the four officers who killed Diallo were acquitted of all charges ACLUorg 2005 Racial Profiling is any police or private security practice in which a person is treated as a suspect because of his or her race ethnicity nationality or religion This occurs when police investigate stop frisk search or use force against a person based on such characteristics instead of evidence of a persons criminal behavior It often involves the stopping and searching of people of color for traffic violations known as DWB or driving while black or brown History After 911 racial profiling has become widely accepted as an appropriate form of crime prevention People were sought after based solely on the fact that they were of Arab decent But racial profiling did not start with September 11th - racial profiling has been around for ages Tracy Maclin a professor at Boston University School of Law says
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