Racial profiling

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Racial profiling is when someone (usually some sort of law enforcement) observes an individual/group of individuals or a particular race and assumes that they are doing something illegal.  Basically, it is the user of an individual’s race or ethnicity as the key factor in the decision to accuse or engage in enforcement (pull someone over; make an arrest).  Racial profiling is against the law in most states, however some states have no racial profiling ban at all and some states only prohibit racial profiling when it is against motorists and/or pedestrians.

States that Restrict Racial Profiling Against Motorists and Pedestrians:

  • Washington
  • California
  • Montana
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • New Jersey
  • Florida

State that Restrict Racial Profiling Against Motorists Only:

  • Nevada
  • Alaska
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland

Proving racial profiling or racial discrimination can be difficult, so it is to your benefit to consult with an expert lawyer.  If you feel that you or someone you know has been a victim of racial profiling, it is best to hire an experienced civil rights attorney.  If you feel you are being discriminated against due to your race or ethnicity in the workplace, see our page on employment law.

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