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Is criminal profiling unjust?

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Started: 12/9/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Battleratt

Con

I will be arguing "against" this idea. My stance is that criminal profiling is justified. Let's talk!
debatinghoe123

Pro

Criminal profiling is not justified.
Debate Round No. 1
Battleratt

Con

Thanks to debatinghoe123 for accepting the debate.

So first I would like to talk about what is at the core of criminal profiling. What is it to profile a person or a group at its most basic form? I argue that it is to pass judgement upon them. To look at a person/group of people, use ones knowledge of the surroundings as well as other outside influences, and come up with an educated theory of there intentions. The term "profiling" as we know it now comes from the FBI's behavioral science unit, in which there work was geared mostly towards serial killers. What they did was used statistical data in order to better understand what makes a serial killer tick. Now by applying these ideas they noticed certain behavioral patterns in serial killers. They were then able to lay out a blueprint if you will, as to the traits that these individuals possessed. By using this blueprint in later investigations, they were able to more accurately narrow down possible suspects, leading to further questioning, and the apprehension of killers that would have otherwise gone on to kill. Now that idea has spread throughout multiple law enforcement agencies. The use of statistical data, combined with the conclusions that can be drawn based of of ones surroundings, and countless other variables, is not only a tool that is used in law enforcement today, but one that saves lives. It is easy to get caught up in how politically correct something is or is not when all that is reported is the negative connotations with terms like "Criminal profiling". Immediately, most people choose to hear "driving while black" or "two Muslims get on a plane" but at it's essence, all profiling is, is science. It is a combination of sociology and statistics to come up with logical conclusions that better the abilities of our law enforcement agencies. It doesn't make the news when an under dressed, suspicious black male, in a predominately white, wealthy neighborhood gets stopped and questioned, and he has an unregistered firearm and is taken in to custody. What does make the news is when the Muslim male tries to board an airplane and a TSA agent has the audacity to question him/her, and finds nothing. We shouldn't criticize the very people who protect our safety for fear that we may offend someone.

I look forward to hearing your rebuttal on the matter.
debatinghoe123

Pro

As an african american living in new york city, I am under more profiling than your average white male. For what reason? Almost all serial killers are whites. There have been more terrorist attacks and shootings on american soil by white people as opposed to people of muslim descent... Think of all of the recent school shootings, etc.

Criminal profiling is wrong not only because it does not work, but because it violates our natural rights.
Debate Round No. 2
Battleratt

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debatinghoe123

Pro

My opponent has forfeited this round. Thus my argument still stands.
Debate Round No. 3
Battleratt

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Debate Round No. 4
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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by toamatt26 3 years ago
toamatt26
debatinghoe123 has much better sources. Himself
Posted by SemperVI 3 years ago
SemperVI
This should be good
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