Profiling a Problem in Europe Too
posted by Kevin Johnson
I previously blogged about the problem of racial profiling in the United States; the comments got so heated at a personal level that our blogmeister Dan Solove decided to remove them. Let me give it another try.
The good news in terms of racial profiling, I guess, is that we are not alone. The Council for Europe Commissioner for Human Rights reports, based on a survey conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, that “[m]embers of minorities are more often than others stopped by the police, asked for identity papers, questioned and searched. They are victims of `ethnic profiling’, a form of discrimination which is widespread in today’s Europe. Such methods clash with agreed human rights standards. They tend also to be counter-productive as they discourage people from cooperating with Police efforts to detect real crimes.” The same has been said in the United States in terms of racial profiling in criminal law enforcement, immigration enforcement, and the “war on terror.”