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ARIZONA: Look at law from other direction

Letter by Michael E. Arndt, Tacoma on May 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm | 26 Comments »
May 20, 2010 12:50 pm

Let’s reverse this Arizona law concern and look at it through other eyes. Say I, a white Anglo, cross the border into Mexico. There is word out on the street that some Anglos are in Mexico to pick up drugs, and they are on the run.

I, in my haste to meet friends, forget my I.D. at the hotel and have absolutely no proof of automobile ownership in my vehicle. Say I match the appearance of the drug suspects. I am, after all, an Anglo. A Mexican policeman doing his job spots me and pulls me over.

Have I been profiled or did common sense dictate hey, this may be one of the guys? With no I.D. and no proof the car is mine does he just send me on my way, no harm no foul, or does he throw my Anglo tush in the hoosegow until some sense is made of the situation?

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