Law enforcement and the Prevalence of Racial Profiling Toward Youth of Color in the City of Chicago

2733 Words Jan 31st, 2018 11 Pages
Ninety-five percent of all juveniles sent to adult court are youth of color (Rios, 2006). This disproportionate number of incarcerated youth starts with the policing, surveillance, and targeting of these groups by law enforcement. The issue that will be discussed in this paper is the high rate at which young people of color are assumed to be associated with crime and gang activity within the city of Chicago. There are several effects that drive and produce this misconstrued image of young people of color. Beginning with the discretional judgment of police officers, to the false outcries of the media, these negative views of colored youth have seemingly become ubiquitous in our society. Even when these young people are not committing crime or participating in gang activity they are wrongfully targeted by law enforcement (Skolnick, 2007). This form of policing that involves stopping or targeting an individual based primarily on rather than any individualized suspicion is racial profiling.
History of Racial Profiling in The United States

Racial profiling has been an issue in the United States that dates back to the times of slavery. Over the past four hundred years there have been several official active laws that specifically discriminated and targeted African Americans.…

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