Michigan Racial Profiling Lawyer
Automatically assuming the worst of someone just because of their race is known as a form of discrimination and this is something that is found in our law system much too often. One common form of policy misconduct is racial profiling. Although most police officers are not guilty of racial profiling, many do discriminate against others because of their race. This may happen when making an arrest or once someone is in prison. If you feel you were treated unfairly by a police officer just because of your race, it is important to speak with one of our Michigan attorneys specializing in racial profiling.
Examples of racial profiling include:
- Using racial background as the main or motivating factor for suspicion
- Using racial background as a reason for a security or police action
- Using racial background for reasons other than to describe physical descriptions of suspects
Although in some cases it is required for police to use race in carrying out their duties, there is a fine line they must walk. For example, if a police officer uses race as a reason to stop, question, arrest, search, or convict a certain racial group disproportionately to other racial groups, this is known as a civil rights violation. There needs to more reason for a police officer to believe someone is guilty of a particular crime aside from their race.
Aside from police officers using race as a reason to question or arrest someone, racial profiling also occurs inside prison and unfortunately, some prisoners are treated unfairly and much worse by a law enforcement official just because of their race. If someone you know is being treated unfairly in jail and you feel it’s because they are being discriminated against, it is important to speak with one of our attorneys.