Racial profiling by law enforcement officials in this country is an everyday occurrence. African-Americans are the primary victims of racial profiling, as some law enforcement officers perceive that all African-American citizens are engaged in crime and lawlessness. Thus, such individuals are stopped, searched, and arrested without sufficient probable cause to justify law enforcement action. These stereotypical biases are racist assumptions which breed resentment and hostility between African-Americans and law enforcement officers. Without viable remedies to end racial profiling, race relations in this country, especially between African-Americans and law enforcement officers, will continue to deteriorate.
. © 2003, Floyd D. Weatherspoon, Professor of Law, Capital University Law School (Columbus, Ohio). B.S., North Carolina A&T State University, 1974; J.D., Howard University Law School, 1977.