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Stephen K. Rice and Michael D. White

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776155

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776155.001.0001

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Race, Bias, and Police Use of the TASER

Race, Bias, and Police Use of the TASER

Exploring the Available Evidence

(p.382) Chapter 16 Race, Bias, and Police Use of the TASER
Race, Ethnicity, and Policing

Michael D. White

Jessica Saunders

NYU Press

This chapter examines data on race and police use of the TASER. It investigates six different data sources, including official police data and reports, media reports, industry data, human and civil rights data, and civil litigation. The chapter also assesses the availability of data on race and the TASER, and determines whether there is any racial bias in its use. The study reveals that there is a “virtual absence” of data to explore these questions, perhaps because of the larger, more pressing concerns over risk of death associated with the device. It suggests that the large number of news stories claiming disproportionate use of the TASER against minority suspects means that questions regarding racial bias and the TASER are on the horizon for police departments in the United States.

Keywords:   use of force, police, race, TASER, racial bias, risk of death, minority suspects, United States

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