Explore BrainMass

Whren v. United States - Racial Profiling

This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

Whren et al. v, United States, some argue this case allows the police to profile. Explain your position on the ruling.

© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com March 22, 2019, 3:44 am ad1c9bdddf

Solution Preview

In Whren v. United States, 517 U.S. 806 (1996), the Supreme Court unanimously held "temporary detention of a motorist upon probable cause to believe that he has violated the traffic laws does not violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable seizures, even if a reasonable officer would not have stopped the motorist absent some additional law enforcement objective."

The Court arguably sanctioned racial profiling by allowing police officers to make "pretext stops," where officers pull over motorists for traffic violations with the specific ...

Solution Summary

A discussion of whether the US Supreme Court sanctioned racial profiling in Whren v. United States.