Racial profiling in law enforcement and its effects on citizen attitudes toward police

Rebekah M Thompson, Tennessee State University

Abstract

Racial profiling in policing is a very controversial issue. Perceived notions of racial profiling in law enforcement could have a profound negative effect on citizen attitudes toward police. Recent research has been conducted concerning the use of race as a reason to stop someone. Although racial profiling is discussed in many aspects, this study will focus solely on vehicle stops. The effects of profiling on Tennessee residents' attitudes have not been a major topic of study. Middle Tennessee citizens were surveyed regarding their feelings about Middle Tennessee police officers and their personal experiences with officers. This study found that perceived notions of racial profiling did not have an effect on citizen attitudes toward police. ^

Subject Area

Law|Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Recommended Citation

Rebekah M Thompson, "Racial profiling in law enforcement and its effects on citizen attitudes toward police" (2008). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1453602.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI1453602

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