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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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The Stories, the Statistics, and the Law

The Stories, the Statistics, and the Law

Why “Driving While Black” Matters

(p.36) Chapter 3 The Stories, the Statistics, and the Law
Race, Ethnicity, and Policing

David A. Harris

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This chapter describes David Hariss's continuation of the census discussed in Chapter 2 by focusing on Ohio traffic stops. Harris further contextualized the findings by incorporating interviews with African Americans who were targets of traffic stops. The chapter then situates racial profiling in the broader context of race in the criminal justice system, outlining legal principles that relate to allegations of profiling and the recourse available to those who perceive unfair treatment. It ends by calling for additional local- and state-level enactment of measures similar to the Traffic Stops Statistics Act of 1997 so that complainants can more readily utilize the host of legal rights available to them.

Keywords:   David Harris, Ohio, traffic stops, African Americans, racial profiling, criminal justice system, unfair treatment, Traffic Stops Statistics Act 1997, legal rights

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