I know I'll probably get some shit for this one, but here goes anyway... When are we going to say enough is enough? Racial profiling is a FACT now, and has been documented in several case studies. (Not providing the links, but you can do a search and find all the material you need) What's not mentioned in the racial profiling studies is the attitude cops have for poor people, and people that they consider...unsavory? (hippies) I have friends that are constantly harassed by the cops. They may have long hair and drive beat up old cars, but they're good people that wouldn't harm anyone. One of these people called the police to report that their car was broken into, and that the stereo was stolen. The cop showed up and refused to take the report because he said that he thought he smelled weed. This person was clean and had been for over a month. No report because the person needing help was judged as unworthy. They called back to the police station to report what had happened and they said that they would send someone else out to take the report...they never did. The same thing happened to some other friends who had left their wallet on the counter of McDonalds. In the matter of 5 minutes, the money was removed and the wallet returned to the counter. The whole place has cameras, but the management, nor the police even bothered to look at the tapes. It was only about a hundred bucks, but to these people, a hundred bucks is the difference between eating or not. And last, but not least. A friend of mine ran a red light trying to make it back to a restraunt before it closed so he could get his daughters coat. She'd forgotten it and he was trying to get it for her. He was pulled over and after an argument with the cop, he was beaten to death by him and his "back up". There wasn't anything in the local paper, but the coroners report was leaked somehow and it was reported that he died of massive head trauma. It happened in Rolla, MO and it was the Phelps county sherrifs department that administered the "justice" I used to have a lot of trouble with the cops until I shaved my head and got a halfway decent car, then, when I could blend in better, my troubles stopped. Seriously, I haven't been pulled over in a long time, but my friends keep getting harassed. Is there any wonder the cops are so hated? Is there any wonder that they're not trusted? Public schools teach kids to trust cops, I warn my daughter NOT to trust them. They're human beings, with EGO, powertrips and a gun. Have they done anything to earn our trust? Not mine! So, aside from blending into the mainstream, and trying to be something that we're not, how can we stop profiling of the "Wrong kind" of people. I've recently left Missouri, and am in Washington state now. I hope it'll be better here, but don't hold out much hope.