Crime is something that is certainly obvious all around the world. In spite of the fact that Canada is in the top percent as one of the safest places on the planet, crime is as yet obvious. Commonly worried about the counteractive action and discipline of crime, law enforcement embodies a vibrant responsibility to society. Law enforcement is imperative in Canada as it makes for a safer environment. Officers have their methods for directing; profiling being one of them. This is not a new issue, nevertheless it seems more divisive than ever. Does racial profiling exist? Yes, it does. Is it justified? Several factors are significant in the justification of this issue. Individuals that support it argue that it is a vital tool for enhancing security. The sense of unfairness or unreliability is one that is drawn out when profiling is enforced. This essay shall focus on equality outlined in the Magna Carta, what profiling is in law enforcement and why profiling is used. ac1 Although alarming that in the 21st century, one can still be pulled over merely due to the color of one’s skin. Profiling is an issue that makes for lack of trust and unity between police officers and citizens.
The Magna Carta is a historic document that was put in place to protect members of society from injustices has been around since the early 1200s. One of the outlined principles of the Magna Carta is that every man is equal. According to Magna Carta Canada, a website that examines what the Canadian judiciary system has adapted from the Magna Carta, one of the most significant concepts is that, “Nobody is above the law of the land: The basis of equal justice at all levels of society.” This concept was not only adopted by the Canadian government, but also by the American one. If North American governments adapted principle concepts from the Magna Carta, why is a practice such as racial profiling still being exercised every day. There is a contradiction between the practice of racial profiling being legal, allowing law enforcement to openly practice it every day, and the government “preaching” all men and women are equal in the eyes of the law. A prime example of this contradiction is the Sandra Bland incident. Miss Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, but the officer quickly got physical with her strictly because he believed “all” colored individuals are dangerous. Incidents like this happen every day to people of color strictly because of racial profiling, which completely goes against the idea that men and women are equal in the eyes of the law, as outlined in the Magna Carta. North American governments need to implement the principles they extracted from the Magna Carta ultimately helping to restore equality and social balance in society. In addition, racial profiling is still quite evident in law enforcement today as a study conducted by the Toronto Star states “17% of Black residents reported having been stopped on two or more occasions over the previous two years, as compared Racial Profiling: Black Lives Matter to only 8% of White residents; and 43% of Black male residents reported having been stopped by the Toronto police in the previous two years, as opposed to only 25% of White male residents.” Racial profiling by law enforcement is generally described as a custom that targets individuals for suspicion of crime based on their race, religion, ethnicity or national origin. Indicating to officers to generalize about a certain group and act according to the generalization rather than individualized behavior. Typically justified as an analytical tool used by law enforcement agencies to identify likely suspects. Naturally using their discretion as well as their biases to make a judgement. A judgement that could affect the life of an individual merely due to the colour of one’s race, ethnicity or religion. Racial profiling, a practice that has been going on for many years disregards the notion of equality, therefore, upsetting the civil balance in society.
Can we stop the unjust practice of racial profiling? Is it right for Police Officers to stop a black driver for an alleged traffic offense to address and in some cases, seek the dark driver? Racial profiling against black people is the new plague that is slowly destroying society. It has been going on for way too long and if serious change does not occur, it will continue to go on, upsetting the balance of society. Profiling, a direct infringement of the notion in the Magna Carta about equality in the vantage point of the law along with the current practice of profiling, which exemplifies the inequality among individuals. Canada regarded as one of the safest places to live in the world, an individual should not be scared to questioned by police simply due to factors that are not just; factors that are illogical. Law enforcement is vital in Canada as it makes for a safer environment. Which makes one question why “investigative tools” such as profiling is implemented to assist in the practice to uphold the