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Mixed reactions over possible road blocks, profiling

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Chris Calderon said he would be "OK" with profiling if it ultimately deterred crime in Birmingham. (abc3340.com) Chris Calderon said he would be "OK" with profiling if it ultimately deterred crime in Birmingham. (abc3340.com)
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Birmingham City Councilman Steven Hoyt says profiling and road blocks might be needed to curb violence at public areas like Railroad Park.

"If profiling is going to save some lives, I say let's get busy," he said.

"That's going to raise some other issues," Larscene Turk said.

Issues like rights and probable cause, according to Turk.

Others, however, want it for public safety.

"It doesn't hurt to have more security checking out the cars and making sure the pedestrians are safe," Brigid Carey said.

Chris Calderon says if car checks go in place, it's not police we should be mad at, but ourselves.

"It's important for me to look at my community and be upset at my community," he said. "Because it's the people that look like me that are being jerks."

For that reason, Calderon is OK with being profiled.

"It's not Granny that is causing crimes," he said. "It's people that look like me."

Overall, park goers want to be safe. Many of them say if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about.

"If someone were to come up to me, profile me or check my vehicle, I would have no problem with it because I don't carry any weapons with me at all," Carey said.

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