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Are African Americans treated unfairly by the police?

Are African Americans treated unfairly by the police?

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Asked by I.Helen, Last updated: Feb 20, 2020

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C. Reyes

C. Reyes

Answered Jun 14, 2018

There are a lot of people who think that African Americans are treated with prejudice by the police. It seems that they are judged more to do bad things and are punished for things that they did not do because of their skin color. African Americans may be racially profiled more even though they are not supposed to.

There are some African Americans who were stopped from what they were doing because the police assumed they did something wrong. Some reports state that white Americans who did more heinous crimes are not given as much punishment or is not treated as unjustly as African Americans. This is a practice that is being raised so that this can be stopped in the future.

 

M. Wright

M. Wright

Answered May 23, 2018

Many people in the United States do believe African Americans are treated unfairly by the police. In fact, there is a name for this treatment and it is called racial profiling. The American Civil Liberties Union defines racial profiling as “the discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual's race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.

Criminal profiling, generally, as practiced by police, is the reliance on a group of characteristics they believe to be associated with crime.” There are studies and data to suggest that black people are more likely to be racially profiled, to be treated worse and to be systematically targeted and mistreated by police.

 

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