The affirmative-action approach to public safety that has given us Chief Moose and a great many dead bodies becomes formalized: Racial profiling settlement up for vote in Maryland. Under the settlement, troopers would give motorists they pull over a brochure about how to file racial-profiling complaints. There would be a statewide 800 number, a system for tracking the race of motorists who are stopped, and a police-citizen panel. Cops who don’t like the system can sit in their cars and eat donuts.
All these are good things in accordance with the view that all differences in racial outcomes are an immediate consequence of racism, and racism is so evil that all means must be used to extirpate it. So maybe it’s a good thing that if there’s a Jamaican gang at work the police won’t be allowed to notice it’s Jamaican. That’s the way it is with Arab terrorists and airport security, so why not Jamaican drug dealers and traffic stops? Why, for that matter, shouldn’t ethnic proportionality be applied to murder arrests? Chief Moose refused to investigate blacks during the recent sniper killings, but he was willing to arrest them when they in effect turned themselves in. Was that a betrayal of his principles?