It seems plausible to consider that whites, blacks, hispanics and those of other races and ethnicities may be asked for their fishing licenses and/or id in equal opportunity fashion.
I think the issue at hand is the decision to arrest these men after the individuals were unable to produce a fishing license or appropriate identification. Is such action also universal?
More data about arrests should be provided by law enforcement if this was not an ethnically motivated arrest. If in fact all individuals who are found to be fishing without a license and without identification are arrested, then there was no profiling or wrongdoing on the part of the arresting officer.
If, however, the men who were arrested were arrested out of concern for their legal status or because of difficulty communicating with individuals who do not speak English well, then it seems as though some profiling may have taken place.
Please ask the authorities in question to provide some more clarification regarding when it is appropriate and customary to arrest an individual for fishing without a license or identification.
It might also be helpful to learn the arrest to ticket ratio of Hispanics who are found to be fishing without a license or any identification. This should be compared to the arrest to ticket ratio of other ethnicities who are found to be fishing without a license or identification.
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