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Racial Profiling?

Racial Profiling?
By:  Wes Wallace

It's something we all dread, looking in our rear view mirror and seeing those blue flashing lights, but does your skin color make you a bigger target to get pulled over by police?

The 2004 Illinois report shows statewide, minorities are more likely to get stopped than whites and they're more likely to get ticketed.

Folks Heartland News talked with say, it all depends on where you're driving. You also have to take into consideration the population of caucasians versus minority drivers. For example, in Mounds, more minorities were pulled over than compared to the statewide numbers, but that's because there's a greater percentage of the minority population driving there.

The report is made up of statistics from city, county, and state police departments. It also shows that minorities were two and a half times more likely to have their car searched. Governor Rod Blagojevich says, the state will take action to try and fix some of the problems exposed by the report.

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Racial Profiling Facts
  • A staggering number of people in the United States are subjected to racial profiling. Approximately 32 million people, a number approximately equivalent to the population of Canada, report they have already been victims of racial profiling.
  • Victims of racial profiling include Native Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Arab Americans, Iranian Americans, American Muslims, many immigrants and visitors, and under certain circumstances, white Americans.
  • Victims of racial profiling are sometimes further victimized by acts of police violence and brutality.
  • Racial profiling is a human rights violation. Racial profiling violates international standards against non-discrimination and multiple treaties to which the U.S. is party, including the UN Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Source:  Amnesty International USA

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