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The Many Delightful Faces of Profiling

This Technet piece describes how police in Long Beach reserve the right to arrest you if you are taking pictures "with no aesthetic value." Of course, as they explain, what they really mean is they will detain you if you don't look "touristy."

Ah, the many exciting faces of profiling! All it takes is an indeterminate, subjective criteria that can be made to sound reasonable in the abstract and poof! -- you can go after whoever fits your stereotype with no better evidence than your professionally trained "gut."
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