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Police Discrimination Research Paper

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In order to answer the question of whether or not police discriminate based on race, we would have to know exactly what police are thinking at the time of detaining, questioning or arresting an offender. An officer supplying this information without fear of disciplinary action is not something we could reasonably expect to happen. Police officers, much like the general public take account of visible characteristics of the citizen, whether or not they respond or behave different based on a specific attribute is what would constitute as racism. Black (1980), notes that discrimination in policing is unavoidable because police handle all cases differently. However, arresting someone based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status etc. is considered
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