Racial profiling has been one of the main causes of the tensions in communities with their police. The officers they believed they once trusted in a community, far from a white police officer and black victim crime, they are now skeptical and thinking, “If they attacked a black/white guy for no reason they’ll attack me.” This type of crime also brings up different combinations of racial tensions that were thought to be left behind in history. Racial profiling, as well as profiling based on religion, ethnicity and origin, continues to plague our nation despite the constitutional guarantee of equality. Evidence of widespread racial profiling, shows that African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to be stopped and searched by police, even though they’re less likely to be found with illegal possessions or crimes. “Critics argue that under the sole-factor definition, a hypothetical officer who routinely stops African-Americans for rolling stops or obscured license plates but does not stop Whites for the same infractions is not technically engaging in racial profiling because a reason other than race can be used to justify the stops” (Protecting Civil Rights 159).
Minority groups such as African Americans and Hispanics have often been the victims of this form of abuse by officers, however little justice has been done in order to protect these individuals from this form of cruelty by the hands of those with the most power. For many individuals, police brutality is a non-existent matter because it does not directly affect them or the community in which they live. Yet for others, this is an everyday occurrence and few limitations have been set as to what is unjust and malicious behavior of an officer towards the public, therefore, several officers are rarel... ... middle of paper ... ..., 747-763. Simmons, K. C. (2008). The Politics of Policing: Ensuring Stakeholder Collaboration in the Federal Reform of Local Law Enforcement Agencies.
I think that many people lack an understanding of the issue so therefore they begin to participate in racial tendencies without being fully aware of it. There are many people that play a much more active role in racism such as large business owners trying to keep minorities powerless; however in regards to most everyday people they are much more likely to participate in the racism expressed by Symbolic Interactionism. Racism is a serious social problem that continues to affect many innocent people. The social theory groups all have varying opinions about the causes and solutions but one thing that they strongly believe is that this is a social problem that needs to be solved.
Some cities have a deep and bitter history of bias and prejudice interwoven in their past relationships. The feeling in many communities today is that the system pits law enforcement as an occupying army versus the neighborhood. Dr. Taylor wrote about easing tensions between police and minorities, but stated “If there is any good news in the current situation, it is that the history of this strain has found the 1990’s ripe for change. There is considerable evidence that minorities and police are not in agreement on many issues, and the blame is being shifted from all parties involved. The police feel that they are fair in their treatment of minorities, but the evidence in many instance prove otherwise.
The repercussions of stop and frisk is not limited to only the people it also has an impact on the neighborhood. Many interviewers conveyed concerns that stop and frisk is a waste of public resources. The scale and scope of stop and frisk practices in communities of color have left residences feeling they are living under siege. Community members admitted to not feeling protected by the police and feel many important issues are not being addressed. Some interviewers described an environment so saturated with hostile police presence that being stopped and frisked is a part of everyday life.
These episodes create that across the nation people lost the confidence that they have in police and also this creates a lot of confrontations. This literature review determined that past reforms to prevent misconduct failed for the simple reason that police management did not focus in following the regulations and also they failed to implement harsh punishment. The standard presented in this study is that what is creating police misconduct to be so prevalent is the subculture of police and also the lenient way that police management attack the problem “Meaningful reform of a police department is extremely difficult due to the fact that police organization and culture impede change and the history of policing is filled with instances in which police succeeded in undermining or diluting reforms that were implemented after a scandal” (Ronald Weitzer
Yet the people in these communities don’t like it when their friends and families are bothered by police. They also want better job opportunities, higher salaries and overall a better living situation that the middle class are accustom to. Minority groups do not choose to live a life like this and as a result have to get passed the mentality that they do. Policing is a very difficult job to do because it can be very misunderstood. The power given to them may make people of minority feel like they are up against the wall and are at a disadvantage because of how they look.
Within our police system in America, there are gaps and loopholes that give leeway to police officials who either abuse the authority given to them or do not represent the ethical standards that they are expected to live up to. Because of the nature of police work, there is a potential for deterioration of these ethical and moral standards through deviance, misconduct, corruption, and favoritism. Although these standards are set in place, many police are not held accountable for their actions and can easily get by with the mistreatment of others. While not every police abuses his or her power, the increasingly large percentage that do present a problem that must be recognized by the public as well as those in charge of police departments throughout our country. Police officials are abusing their power and authority through three types of misconduct known as malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance and these types are being overlooked by management personnel who rarely intervene even though they know what is happening.
Many people feel negatively towards the police and the justice system when claims of misconduct go un-investigated. Consequently, this shows the police need to have their privileges specifically outlined and strictly enforced so that shooting incidents and reports of brutality are thoroughly investigated otherwise citizens start developing the idea that the justice system is actually working against them. Especially when they stop protecting the community and only help each other. When the majority starts losing faith in the police, citizens begin to feel as if they are not safe and that they need to take action and start protecting the community since there is no where else to
They did this to stop them from any revolts. Today, that fear is still in motion through the lack of trust between the African American community and the police force. As simple as it sounds, that gut feeling when being pulled over for a broken headlight or not stopping at a stop sign for the whole five seconds, are the result of the fear enforced in the 1800s. Looking through the lenses of a large percent of African American communities in major cities, the relationship between the police officers and the citizens are