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Racial Profiling in America In the past 10 years a regular occurrence has become a problem threatening the very well-being and respectability of Americas police departments This problem is racial profiling Racial Profiling occurs in many places but is greatly scrutinized and publicized in regards to traffic stops Racial profiling in traffic stops is a practice that is wrong under our constitutional rights and it is an un-American way of thinking to target only blacks Caucasian or Hispanics or any other ethnic group as a group of wrongdoers Harris 2001 It undermines the civil order that police organizations strive to maintain because racial profiling causes police organizations to be seen as un-trustworthy or that they are not fair to all people in their duties Cleary 2000 Racial profiling can be defined in several different ways some definitions are more effective than others are One common definition of racial profiling is the police use of race as the sole basis for initiating law enforcement activities Meehan and Ponder 2002 p2 By this definition for an activity to count as racial profiling the officers motivation or intent to discriminate must be demonstratable The actions of an officer are not to be based on race but rather on how the person was acting or from information that would cause the officer to target the individual as a culprit in criminal activity However racial profiling can be extended further by not limiting the definition to the actions of police as being solely based on race Langworthy and Travis 1999 Pg 422 Other factors can have an impact on a racially biased police officer that must be addressed The officer may make a decision to pull someone over because of their race and the neighborhood they are in or because of the type of car they are driving They may also make a racially motivated decision by deciding whom to enforce the law They may see two cars speeding with
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