Andrew Klavan is asking the questions and answering them too:
I don’t think so. I think it’s just an evil-sounding name for basic, normal police work. I think any cop who doesn’t do it isn’t doing his job properly. If you’re in a neighborhood or a town or a country where crime is more likely to be committed by a guy with brown skin, then a guy with brown skin is more suspicious-looking than other people by definition. It’s not that people with brown skin are criminals, it’s that, in that locality, criminals are more likely to have brown skin. That’s a fact a policeman has to include in his assessment of a situation. It may be unfortunate – even crummy – that he has to do that, but what other reasonable choice does he have? Is he supposed to ignore it so we can tell his widow what a nice guy he was when he was alive?
Police work – like soldier work – doesn’t take place in the mind of a college professor or editorialist. It takes place on the mean streets. It’s dangerous and it doesn’t pay all that well and it keeps the rest of us safe. So while the people who do it must obey the laws of the land, they can’t be hog-tied by social pieties. When police patrol the world-as-we-would-like-it-to-be, then they can worry about political correctness. As long as they’re out there in the world-as-it-is, let them worry about staying safe and doing their jobs.
You know what I've been unable to find? Crime statistics by race. Perhaps one of you can.
Or is that racist?