Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Race, Ethnicity, and PolicingNew and Essential Readings$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 02 July 2022



(p.1) Introduction
Race, Ethnicity, and Policing

Robin S. Engel

NYU Press

This introductory chapter briefly explores the history and development of research on racial profiling conducted by the police and describes the method itself. The practice of targeting racial minorities for routine traffic and pedestrian stops originated with the war on drugs, whose advocates promoted profiling as an effective policing tactic to detect drug offenders. The concept of a “drug courier profile” that included race/ethnicity can be traced back to a report produced by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that concluded that “large scale, interstate trafficking networks controlled by Jamaicans, Haitians, and Black street gangs dominated the manufacture and distribution of crack.” Researchers responded to this by broadening the inquiry to once again consider the examination of all racial/ethnic bias by the police. The scientific and practitioner communities now refer to “bias-based policing” It is recognized that racial/ethnic bias by police may result in many different outcomes for citizens.

Keywords:   racial profiling, police, racial minorities, traffic stops, war on drugs, drug courier profile, race, ethnicity, racial bias

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.