Racial Profiling in Paris


image_150x150Paris police and customs officials stop and search racial an ethnic minorities six times as often as whites, according to a new report by the Open Society Institute. OSI looked at 500 stops in various locations throughout the city and gathered information on the subject’s ethnicity and dress, concluding that “police stops and identity checks are principally based on the appearance of the person stopped, rather than on their behavior and actions.” Paris police also reportedly single out those dressed in hip-hop, punk and goth style: “It is likely that police consider both belonging to an ethnic minority group and wearing youth clothing to be closely tied to a propensity to commit crimes or infractions.”

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Use The Crime Report for more information on Racial Profiling.

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