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By Evan Horowitz Globe Staff November 01, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton provided her criminal justice proposals Friday afternoon, including calling for the elimination of racial profiling. Federal agencies, such as the FBI, are already prohibited from targeting suspects based on race — with an exception for airports and border crossings.
Clinton would extend this ban to cover state and local police forces. And given that racial profiling is quite unpopular among Americans, it could seem like a winning issue, politically. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily.
Sign Up Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here When police start targeting people based on their race, it effectively puts a whole community under suspicion.
What is more, it virtually guarantees that the innocent will regularly find themselves stopped by police, for little reason beyond the color of their skin.
Racial profiling can also poison relations between police and the populace. This is one reason some law enforcement groups oppose racial profiling. Why do some police forces still profile? The principal job of any police force is to keep communities safe.
If police genuinely believe that the greatest threats come from one particular racial or ethnic group, they might heighten their scrutiny of that group. At its height, the program allowed police to question, and potentially search, any pedestrians they deemed suspicious.
Advertisement Overwhelmingly, though, it seems to have targeted African-Americans. Black residents are also disproportionately involved in crime. Police should pay more attention to minority groups if those groups are more commonly involved in criminal activities.
What do the American people think? A large majority of Americans are opposed to racial profiling, according to poll numbers.
A Reason magazine survey from last year, asking people how they felt about stopping drivers and pedestrians based on their racial or ethnic background, found that 70 percent disapproved.
An older Gallup poll suggests that opposition is slimmer when you ask about profiling in airports, but even then a majority of Americans stand opposed.
Are there laws against racial profiling?Dannels, a year law enforcement and U.S. Army veteran, has seen the border’s chaos up close and personal, having been shot at more than half a dozen times and being the target of cartel-inspired death threats, along with his law-officer son.
Whereas immigration checkpoints in population centers do see the stereotypical families looking. A random checkpoint is a military and police tactic. Sobriety checkpoints or roadblocks involve law enforcement officials stopping every vehicle Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Sobriety Checkpoints: Facts and Myths. Mothers Against Drunk Driving website, September 11, Nov 01, · Balanced against the minimal intrusion on motorists passing through the checkpoints, the Supreme Court had no difficulty in finding that public safety concerns justified the brief detentions.
"The stop's primary law enforcement purpose was not to determine whether a vehicle's occupants were committing a crime, but to ask vehicle.
Our opinion nowhere describes the purposes of the Sitz and Martinez-Fuerte checkpoints as being "not primarily related to criminal law enforcement." Post, at 3.
Rather, our judgment turns on the fact that the primary purpose of the Indianapolis checkpoints is to advance the general interest in crime control. Drug Checkpoints (it’s a trap!) The Supreme Court has ruled that random checkpoints for the purpose of finding illegal drugs are unconstitutional..
However, some police departments have devised a deceptive method to work around and exploit this restriction. The debate about law enforcement officers caring anti-opioid medication should not be an argument over the value of human life.
Instead, each individual community needs to decide if they want their police officers to be highly skilled and capable of handling the emergencies only police can handle, or more of a general handyman who can do a little bit of everything without being excellent at any one task.