Lawmaker's plan could make racial profiling part of Long Island transit security

(08/01/05) RONKONKOMA ? Racial profiling may one day become part of transit security measures on Long Island if a piece of legislation gains steam in Albany.

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-48th District) plans to introduce a measure that would focus security measures, such as bag searches, against young individuals of Middle Eastern descent. Some Long Island residents feel the racial profiling legislation is misguided because individuals of various backgrounds could be plotting a terrorist attack. However, others feel the measure will go a long way in discouraging a London-style transit bombing or other violent acts.

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department says racial profiling is not only illegal, but it is also ineffective in fighting crime.

 

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