I agree with this statement. Our criminal justice system is based upon the ethos of ‘innocent until proven guilty. ’ Unfortunately, in some circumstances, innocent people do get incarcerated for crimes that they did not commit. This can happen for a variety of reasons. One of the most plausible explanations is that the person fit a police profile of someone wanted for a particular crime.
If the person who gets arrested fits the profile and also has a related criminal history for committing crimes of that nature, it will be difficult for investigators and the courts to justify not incarcerating that person, regardless of whether or not they are guilty. I also agree that for the most part the arresting officers are not out there to stereotype and harass people. They are simply doing their jobs. Of course there have been examples of excessive force and racial profiling by police, but these are the exceptions and not the rule.
It is best to remain calm in these situations and to focus on your specific details of where you were and what you were doing when the supposed offense took place. If you can provide a rational explanation in a calm manner, the police and investigators will be more likely to listen and to be compassionate to your defense. However, if you are combative and aggressive, the police will think you are trying to hide something from them and they will respond to your aggression with their own aggression, which will not end up being a beneficial outcome for the person getting arrested.