Effective Law Enforcement and Less Crime Essay

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From day to day, everyone experiences some form of racial profiling. When people go to apply for a job, they are required to state their race and ethnicity on the application; this is so that the employer can hire the correct amount of people by their race and ethnicity as required by the federal law known as Affirmative Action (Wikipedia). In addition, when people go apply for college, driver licenses, social security, food assistance/stamps, unemployment, and even health care, you are required to provide your race and ethnicity for approval. Some people may even be required to provide their citizenship. These certain types of questions about our race and ethnicity that we must answer on applications are forms of racial profiling.…show more content…
It is believed amongst minority groups that law enforcement, especially police, are essentially one part of a racist institution. Our laws that are set forth by the courts and correction systems regarding the liberties of all the convicted are seen as methods to systematically and pervasively discriminate against Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and other minority groups. This is seen as an epidemic within the law enforcement institution. The minorities feel that law enforcement officials are out to harass and discriminate against because of their color, race, clothing, and where they live (Polluck, pg. 214). Many minorities feel it this racial discrimination continues even after equal rights was established in the 1950’s. What is racial profiling? Racial profiling is a controversial method that police and other law enforcement agencies use to catch one who has committed a crime or is about to commit one. Racial profiling can also been referred to as criminal profiling. Profiling began back in 1940 when New York was in a panic from an unsuspected bomber planting bombs throughout the city until 1950. After War World II kicked off and New York was calm for a decade. In 1950, the bomber returned making improved bombs; police given him the name “Mad Bomber”. New York police were stumped and had no clue as to who was the bomber and where he would strike next. A law enforcement official by the name of Inspector
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