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View Poll Results: Should American law enforcement be able to racially profile?
Yes 57 76.00%
No 18 24.00%
Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 09-27-2007, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Default Is racial profiling ok?

I would like to get a vote on this.

 
Old 09-27-2007, 08:40 PM
 
Location: In an illegal immigrant free part of the country.
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Of course they should be able to racial profile! It is only because of the freaking far left liberal PC bologna that common sense is hindered.

If someone robbed a bank and their description was 6ft 4" tall, 250lbs and white male, should the police look at a 5ft 10" mexican or a 5ft 2" asian woman?
 
Old 09-27-2007, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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I am OK with 'racial profiling' of there is probable cause.

In England some years ago apparently a Black man raped a woman; the police interviewed all Blacks (English and otherwise I suspect) within a geographic area to try to catch the perp.

Interviewing anybody with light skin of any ethnicity would have been pointless.

For the record: I am old enough (age 50) when the cops hassled us guys for long hair. At the time I was annoyed; but, as I have gotten older (and most longhairs today are proven harmless) I now understand the 'man's' point of view.

Racial profiling example: a lightskinned young dude with a shaved head, Doc Marten boots, etc. would be more likely to be stopped by a police officer of any race/ethnicity if there was a problem with Neo-Nazi skinheads. Again: what would be the point of stopping a guy with dark skin of any race/ethnicity (some Italians are brown) if he clearly does not match the physical profile of a White Supremacist skinhead?
 
Old 09-27-2007, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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IMO racial profiling is part of a police officers job, I see no problem with it.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 12:18 AM
 
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There are many forms of profiling.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Of course I meant it in relation to immigration, I mean we are in the immigration forum.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Texas- moving back to New England!
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Huh. So far, 13 to 1 in favor of profiling the Bean Bandits. Enough said
 
Old 09-28-2007, 01:28 AM
 
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Racial profiling is a legitimate law enforcement tool.

A short story. Several years ago three of us from work went to a fast food joint at lunch time. My black coworker drove. It was his turn, we usually rotated driving. After we ate, on the way back to work, he was speeding, didn't signal a turn, and rolled through a stop sign. We warned him to slow down that cops were usually always in the area. He ignored us and was pulled over and ticketed for speeding.

My coworker was very rude to the cop, he actually accused him of citing him for DWB. Despite all this, the cop was not only very professional, but he gave him a break and only ticketed him for speeding, even though he witnessed him commit all three traffic offenses and told him so.

When the cop pulled us over he asked my coworker why he thought he was being pulled over. My coworker looked the cop right in the eye and said, "...because I'm black. You pulled me over for driving while black..."

But to this day my coworker insists he was ticketed for no other reason than DWB. But do you know what the kicker is? The cop was black. My coworker said it didn't matter, that it was institutionalized racism.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I racially profile every day -- never been mugged.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 06:45 AM
 
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Common sense says it is a needed tool and should be used.
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