Avoiding ‘Profiling by Proxy’

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This column was originally posted by the Vera Institute of Justice, which has generously allowed The Crime Report to share.

When an individual calls the police and makes false or ill-informed claims of misconduct about persons they dislike or are biased against—e.g., ethnic and religious minorities, youth, homeless people—police must be careful to avoid "profiling by proxy".

This problem can arise when police officers rely on the emergency dispatcher's recitation . . .

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