An issue discussed in nearly every contemporary research paper within civil rights related to race is that of racial profiling. Though racial profiling is popular with many police departments, it raises many questions. A news report submitted by the ACLU cited the court case Rodrigues, et al. v. California Highway Patrol et al.
This case demonstrated that “drug interdiction officers in the Central and Coastal Divisions were three times as likely to search Latinos as whites, and African Americans were twice as likely to be searched. (ACLU 2001)” Proponents of profiling might say that there are simply more Latinos or African Americans in that part of the states. Those opposed to racial profiling would disagree. In your racial profiling term paper, take a firm stance! Profiling moves beyond who is actually stopped as a crime suspect.