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Profiling in the SCV

Posted: March 3, 2008 6:07 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.
To The Editor:

If you talk to just about anyone in this town they are likely to tell you that Santa Clarita is a great place to raise a family. I definitely agree that this is a very safe town, but I must tell you that this is a horrible place to live if you happen to be between the ages of 13 and 35. I can not begin to tell you how many times I have been harassed because of my age. From the Sheriff's Department to some of the business owners, we seem to have a huge problem with the way we treat the future of America.

If you have children under 18 then you have heard about the curfew raids at the movie theaters where any minor is given a ticket if they are coming out of a movie after 10 p.m. Since I am now over the age of 18, I thought that I was free to do what my parents are allowed to do. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I have been pulled over, searched, and had my car searched for "suspicion of speeding." I was harassed for 45 minutes before being let go, because I had not broken a single law.

A friend of mine was recently pulled over on his bicycle at night while he was riding home from work. The reason the officer gave was that his bike light was not shining, even though it was. I guess we should try to do our part to save the environment unless you want to be harassed, unless you're over 35. None of these things has happened to my parents. I wonder why?

I also must tell you that I recently visited a pizza parlor in Saugus to get some lunch and visit a friend who works there. The owner said some unpleasant things to me, which he did not say to the older ladies who came in after me and stood in the same spot I did. I was forced to sit at a table to wait for my food while everyone else was treated with proper respect. When I filed a complaint with the corporate office, the owner wrote up my friend and told her that I was banned from the establishment for life.

I have to let someone know that this treatment happens all the time. I am hoping that this letter can help us as a community solve this problem because as it stands, if you are a youth in Santa Clarita you are not considered a human being or a law-abiding citizen. The profiling that is taking place must stop.


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