Source: The Associated Press
On September 13, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "authorities' targeting of people because of their racial background or religious affiliation is a deep-rooted problem in the United States, with nearly 32 million people reporting they've been racially profiled, a human rights group said Monday. The report by Amnesty International USA also said at least 87 million people -- one in three -- in the United States are at high risk of being victimized because they belong to a racial, ethnic or religious group whose members are commonly targeted by police for unlawful stops and searches... State laws continue to be insufficient in addressing the problem, according to the report. Twenty-seven states do not ban racial profiling, the report said. Also, 46 states don't ban religious profiling, 35 continue to allow pedestrian 'stop and frisk' searches and only six of the 15 that ban these searches use a definition of racial profiling that can actually be enforced, the report said."