The woman who lived beside the San Bernardino killers noticed strange things going on at the home and in their garage, but refused to call police because as she later said, she didn’t want to be labeled a profiler and perhaps an anti-Muslim bigot. So she and another male neighbour said nothing.
So … what would we do if we had doubts/suspicions someone we know or observe regularly was up to no good? Would we pick up the phone and call police, or would we back off because we wouldn’t want to be labeled profilers.
If you do call something in and you’re wrong and people find out, you will be labeled by at least some people, you’ll perhaps be attacked as a bigot and hater. It’s not frivolous. People fear being called a profiler.
A thin line between being the person who saved dozens and more lives and the person who called in a suspicion, but was wrong. Is profiling really wrong and unfair?