Tuesday, June 2, 2009

bling hunt!

u.k. cops have a new campaign. report on your neighbors if they have too much nice stuff (aka bling). wtf. i think the part that bothers me the most about this is the neighbors ratting out neighbors (certainly not always correctly).

surely, this is one of the exploratory tactics that police use all over the world, but having people crime-watch by "too much bling" seems subject to major issues. according to a criminologist at king's college in london, "the campaign encourages racial profiling." what do you think readers? does this policy bother you? do you think it could ever happen in the US? does it remind you of a monty python sketch too?
campaign's website
npr marketplace report
daily mail article about it

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