'What it does is alienate the community', says campaigner on Donald Trump's racial profiling idea

'What it does is alienate the community', says stop and search campaigner on Donald Trump's racial profiling idea

Trump has discussed the idea of using racial profiling to fight terror

Monday, June 20, 2016

UK stop and search campaigner Ken Hinds says that Donald Trump's idea of using more racial profiling in law enforcement could be very damaging.

The presumptive Republican nominee has said profiling could help combat terrorism. He claimed: "I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense".

Hinds, the chair of Haringey’s Independent Stop and Search Monitoring Group says Trump's possible presidency in itself is a concern.

"It's really a shame on America that Donald Trump is so close to the presidency," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "It's very worrying that people look up to America and yet we can have this loose cannon that represents the Republican party, and he's got a good chance of becoming president.

"He's right in a sense that racial profiling is widespread around the world. We see it here in England in stop and search.

"We see it here in England in the way that if you're black or from the minority community, you're disproportionately affected in employment, in the exclusion from school. If you look at the top jobs here, you generally don't see many minority faces."

But he says previous racial profiling could be worsening the problem.

"It's been very damaging in the sense that what it does is alienate that community against being involved in the general running of a good community."

Hinds believes they need to crack down on gun ownership in America.

"My experience is, even though here we've got knives, if you've got it around you're going to generally use it. It's the same thing with guns.

"You're not going to be properly screened to see your fitness and purpose for carrying such a gun, it's a recipe for disaster. It's not going to end here, it's only going to be matter of time before they have another [mass shooting].

"Until they get to grips with making it more difficult for these would-be lunatics to get their hands on these lethal weapons, you're always going to have these people stepping up wanting to go out in a blaze of so called glory."