Sociological Imagination: Western’s Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal

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Does Suspect Race Influence Use of Force by Police?


Is the media to blame for predominantly focusing on situations with minority suspects being on the receiving end of police brutality? Or, do the police more frequently target certain races with force? This paper investigates if the race of the suspect has an impact on whether the police implement force. Using a variety of empirical studies, it will be argued that force is more commonly used on suspects that identify as minorities.

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