Racial profiling is the act of suspecting or targeting a person of a certain race based on a stereotype about their race.
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - POLICE RACIAL PROFILING BLACK PEOPLE by Fitch 09
According to Minnesota House of Representatives analyst Jim Cleary, "there appear to be at least two clearly distinguishable definitions of the term 'racial profiling': a narrow definition and a broad definition...
The Minnesota House of Representatives is the lower house of the Legislature of the U.S. state of Minnesota.
Reality of Racial Profiling by ABC News
Under the narrow definition, racial profiling occurs when a police officer stops, questions, arrests, and/or searches someone solely on the basis of the person's race or ethnicity...
Under the broader definition, racial profiling occurs whenever police routinely use race as a factor that, along with an accumulation of other factors, causes an officer to react with suspicion and take action."