Examining Dangers of Profiling

The best trained police officers can tell if a person is lying just by tracking someone's eye movement. "You watch a body, you watch the hands, you watch the eyes there's things that you can do," said Veteran Police Sergeant Louis Hobson JR. Hobson sees profiling in reverse. "Just living in America as an African American, you know even when I'm off duty I feel people are sizing me up, especially officers that don't know I'm a police officer." When a suspect uses street smarts for profiling, Hobson says it all too often turns to the most dangerous type of encounter for an officerHobson said, "When you profile people nine times out of ten you are going to make the wrong judgement, which means you are going to make a bad judgement." During Stephen Tabeling's long career as a homicide detective he too felt the pry of a suspect eyes. Tabeling is retired and now writes books about law enforcement. He said, "If they see a policeman is a little bit lax or let's say they might see a little bit of fear in an officer, that's when they are getting ready to take advantage of an officer." People that are most likely to profile an officer, Tabeling tells us, are the ones with the most to lose. Like those that will do anything to avoid a return trip to prison. Tabeling says he felt no more inclined to write a ticket or haul someone off to jail for profiling him, because it too becomes a part of the job officers must learn to live with.