Policing Police

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David Hausman

Stanford University, Department of Political Science; Stanford Immigration Policy Lab

Dorothy Kronick

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: October 27, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Hausman, David and Kronick, Dorothy, Policing Police (October 27, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3192908 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3192908

David Hausman

Stanford University, Department of Political Science ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Stanford Immigration Policy Lab ( email )

30 Alta Road
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Dorothy Kronick (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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