What Does It Work?

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Does it Work? Supporters of racial profiling could argue that using this technique benefits police to target criminals as well as making more arrest (Thomsen, 2011, p. 99). According to Reddick (2004) there is evidence that supports that if the United States allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use profiling on the twentieth hijacker then the events that occurred on September 11 could have been avoided (p. 155). However, many critics state that law enforcements are infringing on the constitutional rights and civil liberties of ethnic minorities within the United States (Ward, 2002, p. 726). The United States government has the duty to protect the citizens as well as to protect the ideals and ethical standards, in which, the United States were built on. Some people may argue that racial profiling is an important factor to national security and can be justifiable in court cases. In New York Times v. United States (1971), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that national security cannot be placed above the First Amendment, which protects the freedom of the press (Fauchon, 2004, p. 158). Fauchon (2004) states the racial profiling has never worked in the U.S. and will never work in the future. Racial profiling affects a person’s emotions and can fuel more cruel crimes to happen (p. 159). Fauchon (2004) argues that targeting behavior rather than the appearance of a person is much more successful (p. 157). It is important to remember that it is not racial profiling if a law
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