Racial and bias based profiling is an issue facing police forces in many communities. In addition to targeting racial groups such as the African-American community, racial and bias profiling also affects a broad range of sub-cultures, including gender based, religious, physically and mentally challenged, as well as socio-economic features. Racial and bias based profiling is humiliating and degrading–it is also unconstitutional.
Most modern law enforcement scholars also consider it an ineffective law enforcement practice.
This month’s Police report noted that Chief Jim Pruitt attended a class on biased based policing. The Mirror attempted to get some details on the class, as well as asking if there was a reason or incident that led to his enrollment. Pruitt responded, “No, I just wanted to take it.”