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The Ultimate in Racial Profiling By: Michael Tremoglie
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, August 24, 2001

THE POSTER FEATURES a picture of a black youth wearing a Walkman with the caption: " Your Silence is Music to the Killer's Ears."

Talk about racial profiling! Talk about negative stereotyping! What is even more astounding is that this advertisement is part of a campaign by a major metropolitan police department to increase the arrests of blacks. 

Yet, you will not hear about this on the news. There will be no politician using this as a campaign issue. Neither Jesse nor Al will be marching or boycotting or doing any of the things that Jesse or Al do.

Why? Because the advertisement is paid for by the Metropolitan Police of London. The marketing campaign is part of an endeavor to reduce gun crime in London's black neighborhoods. The posters are displayed in shops, salons, nightclubs, doctors' offices and community centers in black areas. The objective of the posters is to encourage residents to provide information about the rampant murders and shootings that have occurred recently.

The Met as the Metropolitan Police are called by Londoners - implemented a comprehensive plan to reduce this mayhem in the city's black neighborhoods a few years ago. The plan is known as Operation Trident and it is primarily an intelligence operation. The task force investigates homicides by shooting. The task force has been particularly active in black sections of the city. Blacks commit most of the shootings and the victims are black – just like in the USA. The Trident unit develops intelligence about murder suspects and conducts proactive operations to arrest them.

Believe it or not, the program has the benediction of the black community. The Met has arranged for popular black entertainers to participate in the marketing campaign and the Met works with an independent advisory group consisting of members of the neighborhood.

Can you imagine this occurring in Cincinnati? Absolutely not. Shootings of African-Americans only become significant to American black leaders when police officers are the shooters. Blacks shooting blacks are not a concern to black leaders. In such cases, there is no controversy and without controversy, there is no profit for them.

In July, in Brixton, police killed a black person carrying a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. What would have happened in Cincinnati or New York had this occurred?

In London, the response has been a government ban on such replicas as gun-shaped lighters. The Met has said that carrying replica guns is a fashion accessory among youths in black communities.

Talk about negative stereotyping, to paraphrase Al Gore! The Met seems to have invented racial profiling. Yet, none of Operation Trident's attempts to stem gun crime by using stereotypes of black youths on posters and directing increased arrests of blacks for firearms violations has resulted in protests or diversity training or any other of the niceties liberalism has contributed to modern America.

However, help is on the way. Professor Ellis Cashmore of Staffordshire University has completed a study that purports to show that performance indicators by police have made them racist. Apparently, in order to increase their arrests, law enforcement personnel stop cars driven by blacks and Asians because they feel somebody in the vehicle will be guilty of something. Cashmore's report is guaranteed to start a completely new industry in Britain. Racial ambulance chasing will be among the nation's growing industries. The clang of a cash register must be reverberating through Jesse Jackson's mind.

Whether he knows it or not, Professor Cashmore represents the vanguard of American liberalism in the UK. His research and the research of others like him will no doubt have a deleterious affect. Crime rates will increase. Lawsuits will increase. Courts will be backlogged. Trial lawyers will be enriched.

For now, however, Operation Trident provides an example of what can happen when race hustling is not part of government policy.

Michael P. Tremoglie is the author of the new novel A Sense of Duty, and an ex-Philadelphia cop. E-mail him at elfegobaca@comcast.net.

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