Lecture 19-Racial Profiling

Lecture 19-Racial Profiling - Lecture 19 Racial Profiling A...

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Lecture 19- Racial Profiling A. What is racial profiling? Racial Profiling: The practice of making police stops solely on the basis of someone’s race or ethnicity and not because of their behavior -Is it ever legitimate for the police to use race when deciding who to stop? - Everyone agrees a police officer cannot stop or arrest a person solely on the basis of race or ethnicity. -And police cannot use race or ethnicity when it is one element in a general profile of criminal suspects. -Can’t start stopping all black males in an area when a robbery victim said they were robbed by a black male and didn’t have much more info about the the suspect’s description to give the police -But it can be legitimate for the police to use race or ethnicity when it is one element in the description of a specific criminal suspect and that information is based on credible information from a reliable source. -i.e.—a reliable witness description that says that the suspect is a black male, medium build, about 6 feet tall, with a goatee and a shaved head wearing a yellow shirt and jeans, who was driving a black Ford SUV seen 5 minutes ago at a certain address -Shortly thereafter, cops see a black male matching the description and driving a black Ford SUV and stop the car -In that case race was only one specific element of a detailed description, and not the sole/main reason for suspicion -So the stop was based on more than just race
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course CRJU 3110 taught by Professor Dr.joshuahinkle during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State.

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