Racial Profiling


PA Attorneys Handling Racial Profiling Cases

Racial profiling is a form of illegal racial discrimination. Yet, law enforcement personnel continually take into account an individual's race or other factors as the basis for actions, investigations or arrests. Innocent people have had their lives ruined and their futures shattered because of this practice, which is prohibited by the Fourth and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Fourth Amendment to the Constitution

No ... State [shall] deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 14th Amendment to the Constitution

Examples of Racial Profiling

Our Philadelphia civil rights attorneys help people who have experienced racial profiling. Our cases include:

  • Stopping a Latino driver for speeding when all other traffic is going at the same speed
  • Stopping or detaining an African-American driver simply because his car looks expensive
  • Stopping someone walking along a residential street because people of that ethnicity do not generally live in the neighborhood
  • Stopping a young African-American in a high crime area
  • Stopping someone because they appear to be of Middle Eastern descent

These are violations of individual civil rights that are protected by the Constitution. If you have experienced racial profiling incidents such as these, you may be able to file a claim against the discriminatory agency or law enforcement personnel. Having a recognizable race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation is not a crime and cannot be a consideration in law enforcement activity. Consult a knowledgeable lawyer for advice about profiling and your rights under the law.

If you or a loved one has experienced racial profiling in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania, contact our PA civil rights law firm to schedule a no-cost consultation about your situation.

You pay no legal fees unless we win. Conveniently located across from City Hall in downtown Philadelphia.

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