Monday, June 27, 2011

Is Profiling a Crime?

Corey Brown

Crime is the breach of rules or laws for which some governing authority (via mechanisms such as legal systems) can ultimately prescribe aconviction. Individual human societies may each define crime and crimes differently, in different localities (state, local, international), at different time stages of the so-called "crime" (planning, disclosure, supposedly intended, supposedly prepared, incomplete, completed or futuristically proclaimed after the "crime".

when in certain area in the city do you get treated differently? Do you get pulled over by the police frequently? Is profiling right when done in a certain manner? This brings me to say should racial profiling or profiling in any manner be acceptable to us? and should it be a crime to do so?

Racial profiling refers to the use of an individual’s race or ethnicity by law enforcement personnel as a key factor in deciding whether to engage in enforcement (e.g. make a traffic stop or arrest). The practice is controversial and is illegal in some nations, and the empirical evidence is that it is an ineffective strategy.

Take the police policy stop and frisk used in Philadelphia for example,the situation in which a police officer who is suspicious of an individual detains the person and runs his hands lightly over the suspect's outer garments to determine if the person is carrying a concealed weapon.One of the most controversial police procedures is the stop and frisk search. This type of limited search occurs when police confront a suspicious person in an effort to prevent a crime from taking place. The police frisk (pat down) the person for weapons and question the person.

Stop and frisk should be illegal for police to do but, since the process catches some drug dealers once in awhile, its allowed to be done. Police misconduct like that permitted by this stop and frisk policy is nothing new here. In fact, awhile back in 1979, Philadelphia became the first city in America to be sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for committing and condoning “widespread and harsh” acts of police wrongdoing meaning violating peoples rights and getting a way with it. Bad police work is unconstitutional, threatening, violent, and racist. It’s also good for the bad guys who love it when their guns and crack rocks that are illegally confiscated are later suppressed because the evidence doesn't hold up in court, on the illegal search the police previously conducted.

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