posted on Jul, 23 2009 @ 12:01 AM
While many are reacting to Obama's remark about the Cambridge cops acting stupidly, seems other news sources are seeing it from a different point of
Obama slams cops over professor's arrest
An Asian News report runs a similar title
Obama slams police for 'stupidly' arresting black Harvard scholar
Based on the following quote by Obama
"What I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos
being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately," Obama said. "That's just a fact."
That disparity is a reminder that "race remains a factor in the society," Obama said.
Do you feel that Obama was really slamming law enforcement or was he just speaking the truth?
and What role does the War on Drugs play in racial profiling?
There are two sides to the racial profiling issue. Many people argue that singling out people by virtue of race or ethnicity is a very real
practice of law enforcement. Others claim that racial profiling is a myth; there is little credible evidence to suggest this practice exists. They may
also feel race is just a factor in identifying potential criminals. Those on either side of the issue seem to agree on one thing: that the practice of
profiling began during the nation's war on drugs that began in the 1970s.
Did the Supreme Court decision in Whren v. United States contribute to racial profiling?
The ruling allowed law enforcement officers greater latitude in the investigation and pursuit of individuals engaged in the illegal drug trade.
Because aviolation of the traffic laws, however minor, justifies the authorities in stopping a vehicle, the Court ruled that any additional evidence
obtained by aplain view search during such a stop, regardless of police motives or the existence of probable cause to believe that any crime other
than the traffic violation was occurring, was legally admissible.
IMO, Obama did not disrespect law enforcement. I feel he was merely pointing out a fact, as he puts it, that is commonly shared by many minorities.
I am still undecided whether it is a proven fact. Don't get me wrong. I do believe many people are stopped because of their color. However, I find it
hard to believe how some of these reports and studies that I have seen can distinguish between a valid minority stop and stopping a minority just
because of their color.
If they can, then maybe they should report the officer doing the stops based on color so they can be reprimanded or fired.
Will still be interesting to see if any law enforcement agencies respond to this comment.