No Tracking Of Racial Profiling Needed: FOP


The case of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates, arrested in his own home, has reignited the national debate on racial profiling, says USA Today. “There’s a sense that this can happen at any time, anywhere at any moment to anyone,” says John Powell of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. No national system tracks allegations of racial profiling. At least 13 states require tracking of police stops by race. “I don’t think there is any evidence of systemic racial profiling that requires a national tracking system,” says Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, which has 325,000 members at more than 2,000 police agencies. “Racial profiling can’t exist in a police department unless managers allow it to.”

Big city police officials say the Gates case underscores a legacy of mistrust. “In the minority communities, this will reinforce their worst instincts regarding the police,” Miami Police Chief John Timoney says. “I won’t be surprised if the African-American community is going to say, ‘See!’ ” Timoney notes that in the Gates incident, officers were responding to a citizen’s report of a possible crime. “This wasn’t something the cop initiated, like a traffic stop,” he says. “The cop was responding to a call. When you get a call, you’ve got to go.”

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