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  • Racial profiling is very much against the 4th amendment

    The 4th amendment is meant to prohibit unreasonable searches and seizures yet black and brown skinned people are constantly being searched and shot with out any type of warrant. Even eith this brought to the attention of an officer by the person being unfairly and unlawfully searched, there is no change.

  • Racial profiling violates the 4th amendment.

    The 4th amendment of the United States prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, and also requires a federal warrant if any such search is to take place. Racial profiling completely negates this right, as individuals are subjected to thorough searches solely based on "suspicion" or a "hunch". The word of the officer is almost always final, and any effort to combat their search is escalated to more significant crime.

  • Profiling itself is not a 4th Amendment problem

    While racial profiling can be used to conduct illegal searches or seizures, the fallacy here is that ALL racial profiling is used to conduct random sweeps, pat downs, traffic stops, etc.

    In reality, knowing the race of a suspect can help narrow a legitimate search for law enforcement activity, just as height, type of car driving, hair color and facial hair can.

    There is no forced dichotomy here. Race should be used in law enforcement only when the evidence clearly supports its use in clear and reasonable circumstances. Race should not be used as a "blank check" by law enforcement to conduct illegal searches.

  • No, racial profiling is just a start.

    No, racial profiling is not against the 4th amendment, because no one is arrested solely based on the color of their skin. Racial profiling is one tool that law enforcement can use to narrow down who might be involved in criminal activity. But profiling is not what law enforcement uses to decide to arrest someone, so it is not contrary to the 4th amendment.


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