"...but I wouldn't want to be stopped simply because I was a white guy in a black neighborhood. Unless a cop can show good cause to stop someone,..."
That would make you suspicious in my book. You likely have no legitimate business there.
BUT THIS IS AMERICA AND HE IS FREE, AS AM I AS A BLACK WOMAN, TO BE IN ANY NEIGHBORHOOD AT ANY TIME - white, black, asian, latino, mixed, etc. It gives no cop the right to stop and search. It does not equal probable cause.
posted on 05/31/2006 8:58:45 AM PDT
"white, black, asian, latino, mixed, etc. It gives no cop the right to stop and search. It does not equal probable cause."
Sure it does! The cop is looking for things out of place. A black guy in a white neighborhood or a white guy in a black neighborhood looks out of place. Neither has any likely legitimate business there. Neither likely wandered there by mistake. Chances are good that in either case someone is up to something. But then, I want to search muslim-looking people trying to board airplanes. Yes, you have the 'right' to be in any neighborhood, but that 'right' won't stop me from getting beaten up just for being a white guy in a black neighbohood and it won't prevent the cops from scrutinizing black people wandering through white neighborhoods. In a mixed neighborhood, things are different.There are rights and then there are responsibilities. And there is common sense as well. PC seldom allows the application of the latter, however.
posted on 05/31/2006 9:13:52 AM PDT
(A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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