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Understanding racial profiling and false arrests


When an individual is arrested, it is assumed it is because he or she broke the law. While this is often the case and police officers are expected and entrusted to carry out their duty to arrest those who broke the law, some individuals are falsely arrested. This means that they are unlawfully arrested based on false allegations. In some cases, this could mean simply being arrested because of one's race

Racial profiling is a longstanding issue in North Carolina and other states across the nation. It occurs in cities across the U.S. and is when law enforcement officers and private security workers target people of color. It is often done to humiliate them, frequently frightening them with detention, interrogation and searches. This is all done without any evidence of criminal activity and is based solely on the perceived race, ethnicity, national origin or race of the individual.

In the U.S., racial profiling is illegal and is a violation of the Constitution's promises of equal protection under the law and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Because citizens of the U.S. rely on law enforcement to protect them, they trust that they are approaching them and questioning them for valid reasons. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some individuals are arrested based on false allegations and simply because of their race.

Therefore, if you believe that you have been falsely arrested for a crime that you did not commit, it is possible to use this information in your defense. Racial profiling is a difficult situation to be in, but one should note that it is illegal and no reason to face criminal charges.

Source: Aclu.org, "RACIAL PROFILING," accessed Feb. 3, 2018

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