Racial Profiling Informative Essay

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Chase Erickson Mr. Purdum English 2, Block 4 5 September 2014 Outline I. Introduction A. Profiling is beneficial in some ways, but it can go to far and hurt someone or a group of people. B. Background information: 1. Racial Profiling is a term that suggests officers are encouraged to stop, search, and investigate people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, or religion. “While racial profiling is most commonly committed against ethnic minorities, many instances of racial profiling occur in reaction to specific crimes, making any racial or cultural group subject to more intensive scrutiny by the authorities” (Quezzaire). 2. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 guaranteed equal treatment of minorities, making Racial Profiling illegal. It was determined…show more content…
Thesis: Whether it’s minorities being suspected of crime without evidence or people being treated unfairly just because they are a little bit different, profiling is an issue in the world to today and needs to be controlled. II. Section 1: Racial Profiling A. Paragraph 1: 1. “Racial profiling can be defined as any police-initiated action that relies on the race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than the actions of an individual or evidence that leads the police to a particular individual who has been identified as being involved in criminal activity”(Quezzaire). 2: Racial profiling has been a matter of debate for decades it wasn’t until the 1990’s until the topic became a mainstream controversy. The issue has been around since the 60’s when many of the Civil Rights Acts were being created. In many cases of automotive profiling, “the drivers race is the most significant factor in deciding that the officer had probable cause to make a traffic stop”(Witherbee). 3. A few examples of racial profiling by police may include: An African American man standing on a corner waiting for a bus is stopped and questioned regarding why he is standing there and where he is going. A Hispanic driver is stopped in a "white" neighborhood because he "doesn’t belong there" or "looks out of

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