The Fourth Amendment requires individualized suspicion for search, seizure, and arrest. However, law enforcement agencies throughout the US routinely stop, search, and harass people based on their race, religion or other personal characteristic. Stop-and-frisks and “driving while black” are infamous for unjustly targeting African Americans; “show me your papers” immigration enforcement laws overtly target Latinos; and airport security and counterterrorism officers routinely single out Muslims and people of Arab and South Asian descent.
The candidates took up “stop and frisk,” the terror watch list (“no fly, no buy”), racism, and Islamophobia.
Last year, the Charlotte City Council unanimously passed a civil liberties resolution that was supposed to prevent the kind of police encounter that ended Keith Lamont Scott’s life. It was supposed to ensure that there are no “footnotes or asterisks” to the phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance “with liberty and justice for all.”
An audit by the Inspector General shows that 79% of LAPD Suspicious Activity Reports were written on non-whites
The FBI, in collaboration with DHS and other government agencies, is again launching programs that are at best doomed–and at worst designed—to disrupt the Muslim communities in cities where they are launched.