Disentangling the Relationship Between Race and Attitudes Toward the Police: Police Contact, Perceptions of Safety and Procedural Justice

Crime & Delinquency, November 2018

Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 18-26

43 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2018

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Darren Wheelock

Marquette University Department of Social and Cultural Sciences

Meghan Stroshine

Marquette University - Department of Social and Cultural Sciences

Michael M. O'Hear

Marquette University - Law School

Date Written: December 3, 2018

Abstract

Recent incidents involving police shootings of unarmed men of color have increased tensions between communities and police departments across the United States. In response, scholars have intensified efforts to understand the factors that shape attitudes toward the police. The current study examines individual and aggregate factors that influence satisfaction with the police. To this end, we address three research questions: (1) are there significant racial/ethnic differences in satisfaction with police; (2) do these differences persist after accounting for experiences with the police, perceptions of safety, and aggregate measures; and (3) can procedural justice help explain racial variation in attitudes toward the police? Study findings highlight the importance of perceptions of safety in explaining racial/ethnic variation in attitudes toward the police.

This version of the article is the Original Submission.

Keywords: racial minorities, satisfaction with police, procedural justice, quantitative

Suggested Citation

Wheelock, Darren and Stroshine, Meghan and O'Hear, Michael M., Disentangling the Relationship Between Race and Attitudes Toward the Police: Police Contact, Perceptions of Safety and Procedural Justice (December 3, 2018). Crime & Delinquency, November 2018; Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 18-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3294842

Darren Wheelock

Marquette University Department of Social and Cultural Sciences ( email )

United States

Meghan Stroshine

Marquette University - Department of Social and Cultural Sciences ( email )

United States

Michael M. O'Hear (Contact Author)

Marquette University - Law School ( email )

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