Sunday, August 14, 2005

Armed And Dangerous

Apologies to David Miller, sort of, for mocking his rantings about American guns being smuggled into Toronto:

(CNN) -- Two men tried to re-enter Canada from the United States early Saturday with handguns and ammunition strapped to their bodies, Canadian police said.

Ali Dirie, 22, and Yasin Mohamed, 23 -- both Canadians from the Toronto area -- face weapons-related charges and are in police custody in Niagara Falls, Ontario, according to a police statement. Ontario's Provincial Weapons Enforcement Team and the Niagara Regional Police Service are investigating.

Detective Sgt. Shawn Clarkson, of the Niagara Regional Police Service, would not say what led border officers to search the men.

Of course they won't say it was profiling, because the police officially don't profile suspects because they've been browbeaten into publicly disclaiming the practice.

But they can't do their jobs properly without profiling, and so they call it anything else but.

Political correctness won't stop the police from doing their job. But the hypocrisy imposed around the practice of profiling will make it more difficult for them by forcing them to do this public relations dance every time someone complains about it.

Law enforcement should just say this: "We profile suspects because it works. Some groups of people are more likely to commit certain crimes than others. It saves time and effort. If the perps don't fit the profile, we have other investigative methods to work with. We make no apologies for any proven method that helps solve crimes."

Source: CNN

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