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At best, it’s frustrating…

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2009 at 5:36 pm

On the heels of renowned Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s arrest, yet again the tenuous relationship between the African American community and the police have been revisited. To read more on the Gates’ case, click here. There is a great distrust of the police within the African American community. In Constructing Distrust: The Aftermath of African American Encounters with Police, Haider-Markel et al.(2009) conclude that overall African Americans harbor distrust of the police force for four reasons: 1) more likely to be stopped by police, 2) more likely to have be stopped on more than one occasion, 3) African Americans are more likely to view a police officer’s behavior as poor, and 4) African Americans are more likely to view the stop as improper. This is beyond frustrating, it is a sad day when citizens do not have faith in those who protect and serve the community.

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