Racial profiling is defined as “the practice of detaining a suspect based on a broad set of criteria which casts suspicion on an entire class of people without any individualized suspicion of the particular person being stopped.” In other words, it occurs when a law enforcement official targets someone and assumes that person is more likely to be involved in criminal activity based solely on his or her race, nationality, or ethnicity. Throughout West Covinaand the surrounding area, racial profiling is prevalent and it should not go unpunished.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California conducted an extensive study of this issue and found substantial racial disparities in the rates Los Angelenos are stopped, frisked, searched, and arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department. The report concluded that those disparities are not explained by differing crime rates in predominantly black or Latino neighborhoods or the likelihood that a search of a person of color will yield evidence of crime.
If you believe you have been racially profiled, you might have a claim under California or federal law. If you are interested in more information on potential claims against law enforcement or learning about your rights and how to determine if they were violated, our firm can help. Our West Covina civil rights attorneys will be glad to speak with you in person regarding your potential civil claim during a free consultation.
Call us anytime at (626) 340-2326 for help.