- Dutch police may soon begin a program targeting people in designer clothes whom they believe couldn’t afford such
- Critics have attacked the idea; saying it is a “slippery slope” towards racial profiling
Dutch police are taking a controversial approach in reducing crime in the country.
Rotterdam police will soon deploy officers specifically trained to identify people whose clothes don’t seem to match their assumed income. If it’s not clear how the person paid for the clothing, the police may confiscate it.
“We know they have clothes that are too expensive to wear with the money they get,” a spokesperson for the department says. “We’re going to look at how they get those clothes, where did they buy them, from where the money came that they buy them.”
Local police said it it will help reduce crime on Rotterdam’s streets. According to Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw, minorities will be more affected by the move than the native Dutch because more often these young persons consider themselves as untouchables.
“We’re going to undress them on the street.”
“Police will be scanning for luxury watches which are “a symbol of status for young people,” Paauw added.
“Officers will also be on lookout for expensive jackets and exclusive coats. People that police are going to target “do not have any income, so the question is how they get there.”
But critics have attacked the idea; saying it is a “slippery slope” towards racial profiling.
According to Wikipedia, racial profiling is the act of suspecting or targeting a person of a certain race based on a stereotype about their race, rather than on individual suspicion.