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Racial Profiling Under the Color of Law
- Jane Taylor (New Zealand Attorney)
- Ben Karp (ICAS Fellow at Temple University, Japan Campus and a founder of the Eliezer Society)
- F. Frederic Fouad (Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Law, Temple University School of Law, Japan Campus)
- Catherine L. Pugh (Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Law, Temple University School of Law, Japan Campus)
Is racial profiling an effective law enforcement tool, an unequivocal infringement on civil liberties, or something in between? Law enforcement has wide latitude in determining how to seek out, deter, and stop crime. One of the more controversial tools in the enforcement community is the use of race as a key factor for who to stop and question about the lawfulness of his or her conduct. Laws such as Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Act or New York’s Stop and Frisk policy have at their core racial profiling for crime prevention. They are constantly under challenge by civil rights group for their disparate impact on communities of color. In today’s politically-charged climate, where fatal shootings of both suspects and police have ignited civic demonstrations, mobilized civil liberties groups, and engaged government oversight agencies, the question remains: are profiling practices effective or do they criminalize race – sometimes fatally – under the appearance of keeping the peace? Panelists will address the provocative question of race-based policing, weighing its effectiveness against concerns for public safety and individual rights.
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New Zealand Attorney
ICAS Fellow at Temple University, Japan Campus and a founder of the Eliezer Society
Ben Karp is an ICAS Fellow, who holds degrees in English, history and African American Studies from Goucher College and Yale University. He is a founder of the Eliezer Society, described by Time Magazine as an organization which has “attracted some of the world’s most influential speakers,” and has worked on political campaigns, including as a finance chair of Senator Cory Booker’s first campaign for mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Ben came to Japan in 2002, establishing a jewelry distribution business, developing points of sale at Mitsukoshi and other major Japanese department stores. He has also worked in Tokyo as a business consultant and lectured at universities on a range of subjects, and has published articles and been quoted in The Asahi Shimbun/International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Daily Beast.