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Police use traffic stops as a form of ‘catch and release’ to disproportionately target Black Americans

Chanin, Joshua, Welsh, Megan and Nurge, Dana (2018) Police use traffic stops as a form of ‘catch and release’ to disproportionately target Black Americans. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (18 Oct 2018). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

It is well known that Black Americans are targeted more often by police in traffic stops. But what happens after they are stopped? In new research, Joshua Chanin, Megan Welsh, and Dana Nurge reviewed nearly 260,000 traffic stop records from the San Diego Police Department, finding that Blacks were more likely than Whites to be subject to field interrogation interviews, but were no more likely to be arrested, and were less likely to receive a citation. This suggests that police traffic stops can be a form of racially biased ‘catch and release’, which are likely to do little to improve trust between Black communities and the police.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2021 23:27
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2021 23:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110277

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