Analysis of Racial Profiling in the Criminal Justice System

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Analysis of Racial Profiling In the Criminal Justice System Police officers today face many challenges. Some concerns include dangers or safety concerns related to being a police officer, questions of the use of force and the public’s perception of officers being corrupt. Additionally, with cases of deaths and accusations that have come to the forefront about police throughout the United Stated, questions about police racial profiling have also come to light. Today’s police are considered to be corrupt and prejudice against minorities. Their image has been tarnished and police are now seen as the enemy. Many compare today’s law enforcement officers to the police officers that were prejudice and brutalized blacks during the civil rights…show more content…
During the civil rights era, blacks traveled together and were quick to warn each other to stay quiet during traffic stops. They didn’t know what the slightest movement or a twisted word could result in. It was an understanding in the black community that fighting for you rights even in a peaceful manner or questioning the tactics of a police officer during a traffic stop or as they performed their duties was a sure road to death, arrest and or brutal beatings. One of many examples of the brutality allowed to take place by police is In 1964, "Freedom Summer" was organized as a voter registration project in Mississippi. It was part of an effort by a coalition of civil rights groups to register black voters in the South. A large, racially mixed group of college students traveled to Mississippi to participate in the project. On June 16, 1964, two of the white students, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, and a local African American, James Chaney, disappeared. Their badly beaten bodies were discovered buried in an earthen dam six weeks later. They had been arrested by local police and released to the Klu Klux Klan. (Ware, 2013, p.1090) Although there was progress for blacks during the civil rights movement, it was slow. Many great leaders emerged during this time and some like Martin Luther King became a sacrifice for the cause of equality and freedom. The tone of non-violence promoted by so many
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