16 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2018 Last revised: 16 Nov 2020
Date Written: October 27, 2020
Reforms often target specific forms of police abuse of power. We identify a possible unintended consequence of such reforms: that police will sabotage the new rules by substituting one form of abuse for another. We show that police in Chicago responded to new restrictions on pedestrian stops in 2015 by making traffic stops instead. We also show that police in Venezuela responded to new restrictions on arrests by killing suspects. This comparative evidence should inform policy as well as longstanding debates about the origins of and remedies for police abuse of power.
Keywords: Police, Delegation, Criminal Justice, Reform, Violence, Conflict, Venezuela
JEL Classification: D02, D82, D73, D74, K42
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