Racial Profiling


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(1) The use of racial or ethnic characteristics in assessing a person’s risk of committing a particular type of illegal act
(2) The practice by law enforcers of targeting racial groups—e.g., presumed Middle Easternersat airport security or African Americans during motorist stops—because of the belief that they are more likely to engage in criminal activity
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Representatives from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) testified that inaccurate reporting of race and ethnicity and options such as Mexican American not being available skews data on racial profiling, which is an issue in the Rio Grande Valley.
Ore, who was able to look into the eyes of that police officer; to hear his voice, his choice of words and their inflection; see his mannerisms at that time; and feels it was a case of racial profiling, then it was.
We must continue to stand against racial profiling as a policy of law enforcement.
Meanwhile, Chief Gemme said that, under his 7-1/2 years of stewardship, Worcester police have never had a complaint of racial profiling by his officers.
SEE: CAIR Legislative Fact Sheet on DOJ Loophole on Racial Profiling http://tinyurl.
In the 1980s, the Reagan administration's War on Drugs (26) increased the degree to which individuals and immigrants of Latino descent were targeted by racial profiling.
20) See Neil Gotanda, Comparative Racialization: Racial Profiling and the Case of Wen Ho Lee, 47 UCLA L.
Two separate studies, presented to the commission Tuesday, showed that agencies across the country rarely can prove racial profiling and many don't even have an investigative category for such a claim.
First, most of the harm allegedly caused by racial profiling is in fact attributable to pre-existing racism.
Tanovich, takes us through these troubled Canadian waters, the first comprehensive examination of racial profiling in Canada's justice system.
The phenomenon of racial profiling in Ontario has long been acknowledged by members of racialized communities, progressive activists, and others--but official acknowledgment was always withheld.
In both cases, the fundamental problems with racial profiling are that it violates the civil liberties of innocent people and denies minorities the equal protection of the law.