Connecticut is trying to enforce anti-profiling laws on their streets. The activists are pushing for the police officers to take account of the race of who they stop for traffic violations. No, it is not uncommon for the police to target people of minority. But as more people of different races move to rural areas, the occurrence of profiling increases. I believe that this is morally wrong because two people should not be judged differently based upon the assumption that they are foreign to the native culture. Although this is law, for officers to submit this data, more than half the police department, of Connecticut, does not.
“The frustrating thing is we have excellent statutes on the books but they’re not being implemented. There’s just not compliance,” said Richard Wilson, chairman of the Connecticut Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Officials have come up with various excuses for why they do not abide by the law. One such is that the information isn’t being put to any use. Apparently, another excuse, from the chief of police of West Hartford, is that no one received any direction on how these statistics were to be reported. With the steep increase of the Latino population in Connecticut, the issue of investigating the occurrence of racial profiling was made the top priority. Regardless of its existence, racial profiling creates tension between the peoples and the law. The assumption that the police will target one because of their race creates a reason for African Americans and Latinos to refuse cooperation.
“When a black woman who drives a car that perhaps doesn’t fit in that particular neighborhood is stopped and it’s for no apparent reason, profiling is still going on,”
People, who live in communities that used to be composed of only their race, are forced to face with the new diversity since minority groups are relocating, in mass numbers, to their towns. Young adults, free of committing any crimes, are finding themselves interrogated by police for merely living in a neighborhood associated with a minority group. This example in specific took me a while to understand. I believe this was one way that I developed into a teenager. I came to see, through friends and experiences, that just because one appears to be inferior, dresses distastefully, or lives in an area of lower socio economic status, it does not give me, or anyone, the right to jump to conclusions and make false assumptions.
A professor at the University of Connecticut said that racial profiling cannot be common because the reports that would help shine light on the situation, don’t actually exist.