For more than a year, residents in some of San Diego’s most heavily policed neighborhoods have been telling City Hall that officers engage in racial profiling.
Maria Morales, 38, is one of those residents. She said she has no doubt that what she and her boyfriend experienced a while back at a trolley stop was racial profiling.
“We have tattoos and we’re colored people. And there was a white couple. (The officers) totally bypassed the white couple and came up to us,” Morales said. “I already knew what to expect.”
Morales said the officers asked whether she was on parole.
“Just because I have tattoos and because I have long, dark hair and colored skin and a certain look, you know nothing about me. I’ve never been to prison in my life,” Morales said. “For you to automatically assume that, it’s a shaming feeling.”
Trolleys are usually patrolled by a combination of MTS officers, sheriff’s deputies and officers from a handful of departments from the region, including SDPD – but the sentiment is a pervasive one: Residents in certain neighborhoods believe they’re targeted by law enforcement officers because of their race.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Let's cut through the crap. I believe the root-cause of our society’s disrespect for police is the concept of “authority” vs. “respect;” for some reason many individuals have an issue with authority. They believe a lawful order is open for debate. Many believe they do not have to comply with a lawful order. This belief results in a police officer trying to exert his/her will over a citizen’s will—which results in a bad outcome for all.
Once society also believes in this concept, we have anarchy. The definition of anarchy is when no one has lawful authority over anyone; organized society—as we know—is lost. That is the day the rule of law is dead and those with the most power rule.
In policy/law concerning police use-of-force, race does not—should not—matter. Use-of-force policy is supposed to be colorblind. Police use force to maintain or restore order, to “effect an arrest,” or to defend themselves. Definition: “Force is a physical action applied to the body of another to overcome resistance, achieve compliance or gain control.”
• A peace officer may use reasonable force to “effect an arrest,” prevent escape, or overcome resistance.
• Peace officers need not retreat or desist because a suspect resists or threatens to resist.
• The officer will not be deemed the aggressor.
• An officer does not lose the right of self-defense by using reasonable force.
Reasonableness of Force is determined by:
• The perspective of a “reasonable officer.”
• Based on the totality of the facts & circumstances known to the officer at the time the force was applied.
• Without regard to underlying intent or motivation.
• Based on the knowledge the officer acted properly under the established law at the time.
If a police officer violates this concept, he/she should be arrested—just like anyone else. KISS—keep it simple stupid.
The example linked to the article is of the Ridgeway method being used in an evaluation of the Oakland Police Department. The finding was No Racial profiling. Poor choice!
December 14, 2012 |
A federal judge has placed Oakland Police Department reform efforts under his direct control, citing nearly a decade of inadequate attempts to comply with a legal settlement in a case that unmasked systemic police brutality and racial profiling.
So how can you correct for the possibility that black drivers may drive more poorly during daylight or on warmer summer mornings?
@Ed Price I love it.
Veil of darkness theory is not pure nonsense. There is nothing pure about it. In fact I (and perhaps others) had discussion with Chanin on December 11, 2014, when first he mentioned the theory, while discussing his findings on 2014 data. They were quite alarming to some.
And, again on May 21, of this year, I communicated the following to Chanin upon receiving the "proposal", to the City, that mentioned it:
'I have read the proposal and while begging your forgiveness, must begin by repeating what I stated to Mrs. Hylton on the night of December 11, 2014. The "veil of darkness" method or theory is ridiculous on its face, because it has A ridiculous premise, weasel-words "physical profile and demeanor" notwithstanding.
“This approach rests on the assumption that if police bias exists, whether driven by race, age,
or other factors, will be more apparent among stops made during the day, when drivers'
physical profile and demeanor are detectable, than at night then these characteristics
are obscured by darkness.”'
The notion that a policeman who is travelling anywhere is unable to tell, detect or make an educated guess of the ethnicity of the potential "stopee" in San Diego neighbourhoods or service areas, because of nightfall, is unmitigated madness. I know better. I can barely see, but remain able to tell the ethnicity of drivers who come alongside or go in the opposite direction. And squad cars do come equipped with headlights and other means of illumination. Furthermore, San Diego is a well-lit city.
This other look is nothing new. Presenting it as such seems to be, at worst, a deception or a waste of time. If it is a deception, the deception must cease or be brought to a head sooner rather that later. Alternatively; the writer who has long been aware of Chanin’s earlier findings, can help by obtaining and publishing Chanin's results or "findings" presented on December 11, 2014.
No more shilling, please.
@rhylton Okay so if a police officer shines a radar gun at someone going 40 miles an hour you are saying that there should be no problem with knowing in advanced that it is a white person vs. a black person? Throw in the difference in visibility between night time and dark time and you still see no issue with knowing the color of someone up front? You seem to be the one with blind rage and madness issues here.
@rhylton So you can barely see at all but you can still detect a white person vs a black person driving by in a rapidly moving vehicle? I find that hard to believe. Perhaps if you are at a stop light side by side to another car I could believe it.
@shawn fox @rhylton I am not sure how to respond my darling shawn fox. You seem to disagree and then, after thinking it seems, have written another post when you seem to have seen the light. I do suppose that if you are left alone with your thoughts, you too shall see clearly; night or day.
I have seen people called White and Black passing in the opposite direction and when they pull up alongside. But, I must confess that I rarely go out at night and have not tested that ability in quite some time, except for last Thursday night.
Going 40 miles an hour? Blind rage? Do better shawn fox. You are better than that.
I now leave you alone with your thoughts.