Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling

Synopsis

"Focuses on the debate surrounding racial profiling in the United States--including a historical look at criminal profiles and U. S. government initiatives like Japanese-American internment during WWII through to the modern anti-terrorist age--through scholarly opinions, statistics, and studies"--Provided by publisher.

Excerpt

On March 30, 2000, a committee of the U. S. Senate listened quietly to the testimony of Master Sergeant Rossano Gerald, of the U. S. Army. The sergeant, who is African American, told the committee members about an incident that had occurred two years before on an Oklahoma highway. On a hot summer's day, he was driving to a family reunion from his army base in Maryland with his twelve-year-old son, Gregory.

“As soon as we crossed the border from Arkansas,” he said, “I noticed patrol cars in the area and began driving even more carefully than usual.” Within a few minutes, a highway state trooper signaled for him to pull over despite his extra careful driving. The trooper scolded Sergeant Gerald for following the car in front of him too closely, and let him go. But soon another trooper pulled the sergeant over, and their encounter was much more painful for him and his son Gregory.

This trooper, who was called Trooper Perry, accused Sergeant Gerald of changing lanes without signaling, which the army officer said was not true. After the trooper wrote up a warning, which is not as serious as a traffic ticket, he asked the sergeant if he could search his car. He had just made a drug bust, or arrest, and he was looking for more cars with drugs. Sergeant Gerald refused to have . . .

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