Racial Profiling Pros And Cons

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Throughout the years conflicts between police officers and minorities have continued. Many Latinos and Hispanics have endured a lot of profiling. They have endured extreme scrutiny from law enforcement. Many police officers investigate them as though they are illegal immigrants. Many of these people are not illegal immigrants. Asian-Americans were discriminated against in the communities that they lived in when they started immigrating large numbers in the 1800’s. After September, 11 2001 a lot of people from the Middle East were discriminated against due to possible ties of terrorism. In 1968 the case of Terry vs. Ohio came into play when the courts decided, this is now known as a “Terry Stop” which is a stop of a person by law enforcement officers based upon “reasonable suspicion, that a person may have been engaged in criminal activity,whereas an arrest requires “probable cause” that a criminal offense has occurred. The Terry Stop was a case where police should be able to detain a person and subject to a limited search for weapons without probable cause for arrest. Once this case was through the court system it has really laid down an outline for officers, they are now allowed to do a limited search of someone…show more content…
New Jersey is one state that is taking steps in that direction. Out of the 132 new cadets in 2013 class for the New Jersey State Police 17 percent of their cadets were African-American and 27 percent were Latinos. According to Anthony Campisi “Civil rights groups have long decried the racial composition of the New Jersey State Police, which faced widespread allegations of racial profiling during motor vehicle stops in the 1990’s and resulted in a federal monitor appointed to oversee state police activities through 2009, and a 2000 settlement with the New Jersey conference of the NAACP required the state police to step up recruitment of minority

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