Racial Profiling & Biased Policing: Definition & Impact


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Which term specifically refers to police practices that disproportionately target racial minorities for investigation and enforcement?

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1. Which term specifically refers to police practices that intentionally use prejudicial judgments based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or age?

2. A police officer pulls over a car and has a reasonable suspicion that there are drugs in the car. Can the officer search the car? Why or why not?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this assessment, you will get practice with the concepts involved in biased policing through questions on the definitions of key terms such as reasonable suspicion and disparate police practices.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

For these assessments, make sure you know the definitions of:

  • Disparate police practices
  • Stop and frisk
  • Reasonable suspicion
  • Bias-based policing
  • Racial profiling

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about reasonable suspicion and stop and frisk from the related lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding racial profiling and bias-based policing
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define disparate police practices

Additional Learning

Refer to the lesson titled Racial Profiling & Biased Policing: Definition & Impact to learn more about these practices. You can use the lesson to cover the following objectives:

  • Review the standard of proof needed for a search or arrest
  • Understand the negative impact of bias-based policing
  • Evaluate examples of disparate police practices