It was not racial profiling
I read the story in this weekend’s Ottawa Citizen regarding the racial profiling claim against Const. Robin Ferrie (Chief denies profiling in traffic stop).
I refer you to my blog on July 7, 2011 (It’s not that black and white). I know a case where three young white men were stopped while driving because one of the passengers, in that constable’s opinion, made some suspicious movements as his police car drove by. Very similar to this case where two young black men were pulled over. So for me, being pulled over because a police officer feels there is something suspicious is not unique to this recent case. Chief Vern White backs this up by stating that this was good “behaviour based” investigating.
But I am writing about this incident again because It worries me that when leaders in the black community try to liken this event to the Stacy Bonds case, they are basically saying that unless a crime is so blatantly obvious, please don’t accuse of us of anything because we’ll scream racism. These two cases are separate and unique. The question is, if they were acting “suspiciously” should they have been stopped even though they were black. I say yes. To say otherwise makes a mockery of real cases that may involve racial profiling.
Const. Ferrie did act correctly when he pulled over the car and he caught some people breaking the law. My name is Blake Batson and I am a black male and in my opinion this incident was not racial profiling.