Stop racial profiling

Date published: 12/7/2012

Stop racial profiling

If you have ever wondered why a law enforcement officer for no reason stopped you, here is the reason: "Racial profiling," defined as a law enforcement officer relying, to any degree, on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or religion to select which individual to subject to routine or spontaneous investigation.

Officers use these techniques to find drugs, guns or any illegal possessions that can lead to an arrest, better known as a hit rate. Does this sound like you?

As citizens, we believe that law enforcement protects citizens from legitimate crime in our communities. Therefore, continuing to profile citizens whom they assume could be a threat is ridiculous.

There is a proposed law that would prohibit using racial profiling as a way to make traffic stops and search and seizures of vehicles: the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011, or HR Bill 3618. If you need more information, go to thomas.loc.gov and type HR Bill 3618 to read more.

The more supporters of the bill the more likely it will become law. If you or anybody else feels like you have been a victim of racial profiling, do not be scared to inform local law enforcement agencies and senators.

By writing your senators, they will be informed and likely support the bill if their district receives numerous complaints. Become active to make a change to improve a broken institution. Prohibition of racial profiling may be a small step, but it is a step in the right direction of changing our country.

Gary T. Taylor

Woodford



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Date published: 12/7/2012