Racial Profiling in America

Racial Profiling in America

Prosecutors in Florida claim George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin. Understanding the causes and consequences of racial profiling in America.

George Zimmerman was charged last week with the second degree murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Prosecutors claim that Zimmerman “profiled” Martin, assuming he was a criminal based on his appearance. They have not explicitly accused Zimmerman of racial prejudice, but Martin was black and many are asking the question. Such profiling would be illegal for a police officer. But rights groups say it often happens. They worry it will become even more common thanks to Arizona’s new immigration law, which is the subject of a Supreme Court hearing next week. Join Diane for an examination of profiling, and its impact.


Ronald Hampton

Washington representative, Blacks in Law Enforcement of America.

Margaret Huang

executive director, Rights Working Group.

Michael Dougherty

director, Decision, Attention and Memory Lab at the University of Maryland.

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