Is the person next to you being racially profiled?

From the Restore Fairness blog.

Roxana Orellana Santos was sitting by a pond and enjoying her lunch when two officers walked over to her and asked her for identification. They immediately took her into custody, detained her, and very soon she was handed over to government agents for possible deportation. For the month and a half that Roxana then spent federal custody, she was separated from her son, who was a 1 years old. She was released after 46 days.

Immigrant advocates later filed a civil rights lawsuit on her behalf, challenging her arrest, stating that neither of the police officers who questioned Roxana Santos had any authority to arrest her based on her immigration status. As Jose Perez from LatinoJustice (a New York-based nonprofit civil rights organization) said in the Washington Post-

Since there was never any suggestion of criminal activity by Ms. Orellana Santos, her questioning and detention were clearly based on one element: her ethnic appearance…This is the essence of racial profiling.

Why did the officers walk up to Roxana on that particular day? She had no criminal record and her information was not previously in the system. It seems to add up that she was asked for her identification purely based on her ethnic appearance. Unfortunately Roxana’s story is far from unique. Racial profiling is a very real and serious problem in the United States, and its integration with immigration enforcement in the past year has increased it by horrific leaps and bounds.

Racial profiling affects members of many communities across the country, including Latinos, African Americans, Arab Americans and Native Americans. Researchers at the Center on Race, Crime and Justice recently analyzed data provided by the New York Police Department (NYPD) examining the demographic trends of their stop-and-frisk policy and found that in 2009, African Americans and Hispanics were stopped at a rate that was 9 times higher than whites, even though they account for only 27% and 24% of the population of New York City. And once stopped, they were far more likely to be frisked and faced with physical force than whites who were stopped.

Even though profiling people on the basis of their race and ethnicity is a deeply alarming trend, a recent study found that subjecting the issue to public scrutiny is one of the most effective ways to reduce racial profiling. Heightened coverage in the media has proved to reduce racial profiling practices of police officers in routine traffic stops, making it important to highlight individual stories and put pressure on the authorities to respect civil rights.

Make a difference by writing a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Assistant Secretary John Morton in ending an egregious immigration enforcement program that has led to many racial profiling and civil rights abuses. Take action now.

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You left out some facts

Including her suspicious behavior prior to being approached by officers and an oustanding arrest warrant:

The arrest of Roxana Orellana Santos occurred on the morning of October 7, 2008. Two Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on routine patrol behind a shopping center on Rt. 85 when they encountered Roxana Orellana Santos. The time was approximately 10:27 a.m. Roxana Orellana Santos was sitting on a curb eating, but quickly gathered her belongings and moved behind a shipping container out of view when deputies approached. Both deputies got out of the car and approached Roxana Orellana Santos. Deputies ran a routine wanted check through NCIC that revealed Roxana Orellana Santos was wanted by ICE on an Order of Deportation Arrest Warrant. Deputies did NOT interrogate Roxana Orellana Santos about her immigration status. At 10: 35 a.m. Roxana Orellana Santos was arrested and transported to the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center. At 11:14 a.m. she was transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center’s Central Booking Unit for processing. The arresting deputies are NOT trained in and do NOT participate in any functions of the 287(g) Program. The deputies acted appropriately and professionally in performing their duties, treating Roxana Orellana Santos respectfully throughout the encounter and arrest.http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/documen…

 

by BuckeyeBlogger 2010-04-14 06:16PM | 0 recs
You left out some facts

Including her suspicious behavior prior to being approached by officers and an oustanding arrest warrant:

The arrest of Roxana Orellana Santos occurred on the morning of October 7, 2008. Two Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on routine patrol behind a shopping center on Rt. 85 when they encountered Roxana Orellana Santos. The time was approximately 10:27 a.m. Roxana Orellana Santos was sitting on a curb eating, but quickly gathered her belongings and moved behind a shipping container out of view when deputies approached. Both deputies got out of the car and approached Roxana Orellana Santos. Deputies ran a routine wanted check through NCIC that revealed Roxana Orellana Santos was wanted by ICE on an Order of Deportation Arrest Warrant. Deputies did NOT interrogate Roxana Orellana Santos about her immigration status. At 10: 35 a.m. Roxana Orellana Santos was arrested and transported to the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center. At 11:14 a.m. she was transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center’s Central Booking Unit for processing. The arresting deputies are NOT trained in and do NOT participate in any functions of the 287(g) Program. The deputies acted appropriately and professionally in performing their duties, treating Roxana Orellana Santos respectfully throughout the encounter and arrest.http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/documen…

 

by BuckeyeBlogger 2010-04-14 06:16PM | 0 recs

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