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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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Beyond Stop Rates

Beyond Stop Rates

Using Qualitative Methods to Examine Racially Biased Policing

(p.221) Chapter 9 Beyond Stop Rates
Race, Ethnicity, and Policing

Rod K. Brunson

NYU Press

This chapter highlights weaknesses in existing methodologies and data on police behavior. It argues that researchers have failed to adequately employ qualitative methodologies that can provide a better understanding of the range of experiences that may influence individuals' attitudes toward the police. Official statistics, such as traffic stop data, fail to account for the complexity of police–minority citizen interactions, and provide little insight into what actually occurs during the traffic stop. The chapter reveals the findings of interviews with forty African American young men from disadvantaged neighborhoods in St. Louis, and concludes by underscoring the importance of capturing the “lived experiences” of individuals who are victims of racially biased policing.

Keywords:   police behavior, qualitative methodologies, traffic stop data, police interactions, minority citizens, lived experiences, racially biased policing

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