The topic that I chose to research and discuss was racial profiling. I felt that it was an appropriate topic because as an African American looking for a career in law enforcement I’m going to encounter these types of situations every day. In my in the following pages I hope to show you how law enforcement officer can either use this to as a positive tool or will it be a mean of abuse and racism. I will give you some history on where racial profiling was developed. Going through the “crack” era of New York City which was during the mid-1980s. At this time as we know there was a lot of drug activity which caused a major spike in the city’s violent crime rate. Assaults, robberies, and murders were at an all-time high due to turfs wars and fights over drugs and money. This left the police on end so racial profiling bound to occur. I will also discuss the situation that occurred with Rodney King which led to the famous LA riots. It is my attempt to the show you how it left a serious ripple effect among the communities of African Americans. Racial profiling can be effective in some cases, but it’s when it’s used to degrade and embarrass a minority is when it becomes unconstitutional. Issues like “stop and frisk” are also examples of racial profiling that started off a good hunch that lead to the prevention of a crime. Once it was implemented into the police departments it was no longer being used properly and left minorities feeling violated. So Terry vs. Ohio will be discussed in order to give the history on “Terry Stop” process. I will how police officers are actually trained on how to properly racial profile a possible suspect. I will discuss how society views this issue today and how we are trying to rectify the situation. I will also bring up some laws implemented to help prevent and protect us against this.
Now as we all know racial profiling is something that has been and will continue to be relevant in our society. Which brings me to my main question: What is racial profiling? The term 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. Now I know that when people think of racial profiling people always jump to the conclusion that it down to black and white, but that is simply not the case. As we all know racism has been shown throughout history. In fact it’s something that has plagued our society for generations. African American are not the only victims of racial profiling. People of Islamic descent have also fell victim to this due to post 9/11 hysteria. Even today is still remains prevelant is our society. Now me being an African American looking to get into the field of law enforcement, I felt that this would be an appropriate subject to discuss this issue that has been plaguing our society for a long time. Also on that note, being an African American in today’s society I feel that I may have some valid input due to the fact that I have been a victim of racial profiling on numerous occasions. Throughout this paper I will discuss the history of racial profiling, I will be discussing terms such as DWB (driving while black), stop and frisk which is linked to the case of Terry vs. Ohio, and laws implemented to prevent this issue. Now in order to thoroughly discuss this subject it would only be right for me to start with the history of racial profiling. Racism is horrible, but what even worse is when the institution that is supposed to help serve and protect you add to the problem. Here’s an interesting fact that I found during the course of my research. Did you know that the police actually have training that shows police officers how to properly and effectively racial profile? Now during the drug ‘crack” first emerged on America's inner cities and streets during the 1980s, which was also known as "the crack epidemic." Although its use has...
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