Racial Profiling

In the United States, the topics of race and crime and racial discrimination have been central issues in criminal justice administration. Professor Ronald Weitzer has published numerous articles on racial profiling in American police administration and about the allegations of officers stopping drivers who are African American, Hispanic (or Latino/a), Asian, and Native American. The slogan “Driving While Black,” referring to African American drivers’ skin color, contributes to the mistrust of police officers by members of the community. Legal justice for people of color is a controversial issue and generally concerns racial bias in the actions of those responsible for the administration of justice, for example, the police, legal professionals, and correction officers singling out minorities for mistreatment because of their complexion. Examples of legislation ...

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