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Statistics on racial profiling in the United States

Racial profiling by police in New York and throughout the United States is a serious problem. Statistics point to the fact that law enforcement officials frequently select who they will pull over or stop based on race, and if you are a member of certain racial or ethnic categories, you're far more likely to have an interaction with a local law enforcement officer.

Police brutality: When can police use lethal force?

New York City police officers perform the valuable public service of keeping us safe from criminal elements. However, there are times when police become overzealous in their application of the law, in addition to becoming overly violent. There are times when violent -- even lethal -- force is required by police to carry out their duties, and there are times when it's clearly not required.

Will you be arrested at a protest?

As America's political climate grows more contentious, people of all political affiliations are taking to the streets to exercise their constitutional rights to free speech and to petition the government for a redress of grievances by assembling in public, usually through organized marches. Unfortunately, mass action does not always stay peaceful, and when that happens, local law enforcement are obligated to move in. Sometimes, police actions seem unmotivated, but they can be easier to predict if you understand why and how officers arrest people at a protest. After that, it becomes easier to understand how you should deal with the situation if it happens to you.

Discrimination against people with disabilities

Disabled people endure discrimination and unequal treatment all of the time. Sometimes this unequal treatment is a violation of the disabled person's civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. As per the act's definition of "disabled," New York residents can seek protection under the act if they have a mental or physical limitation that prevents them from performing a major life activity like seeing, walking, learning and talking.

What was the most important moment for American civil rights?

When we think of civil rights, most of us think about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, when our nation made huge forward leaps in racial equality. However, the most important moment for civil rights in American happened long before the 1960s.

Are New York schools falling victim to segregation?

While the fight against segregation was supposedly settled years ago, researchers are finding that there is still evidence of racial separation. Scientists at UCLA began a research project 60 years after the famous Brown v Board of Education ruling to discern whether or not the United States has become truly equal for all races.

Police chief resigns after writing racial profiling email

A police chief in a neighboring state was accused of promoting racial profiling tactics after an email he wrote surfaced publicly. The email stated that racial profiling serves a purpose in law enforcement when carried out correctly.

Study indicates male racial profiling begins at an early age

The study was conducted by the Yale Child Study Center and involved preschool aged black children and white children as well as black and white educators. Its purpose was to identify which children received the most scrutiny or were singled out as displaying challenging behaviors. As an in-depth study, it also identified additional behaviors on the part of the educators that are too numerous to include in this post.

What good is an apology?

The head of the International Association of Chiefs of Police issued an apology this week to the minorities across the nation for their mistreatment at the hands of police departments during the last century. He spoke of how trust has been undermined and how police action has exacerbated tension between officers and the communities they are supposed to "protect and serve."

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