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“Profiling” is the practice of targeting individuals for police or security detention based on their race, religion, or ethnicity in the belief that certain minority groups are more likely to engage in unlawful behavior.
Profiling is not a legitimate security measure, but diverts investigatory scrutiny from real sources of potential threat. Only in the mind of the profiler do liberty and security conflict.
Criminal profiling, generally, as practiced by police or by other government officials, is the reliance on a group of characteristics or behaviors they believe to be associated with crime. Examples of racial profiling are the use of race to determine which drivers to stop for minor traffic violations, or the use of race to determine which pedestrians to search for illegal contraband.
Another example of racial profiling is the targeting of Muslims for detention on minor immigration violations in the absence of any connection to acts of terrorism.
Profiling frequently occurs when the law enforcement agent is a person acting in a policing capacity for public or private purposes. This includes security guards at department stores, and airport security agents.
Profiling violates the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures and the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of equal protection of the law.
If you have been profiled in NJ on the basis of your race, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation, contact us to discuss your case.