Does racial bias play a role in policing? By: Emma Bieling

Racial profiling and biased policing are significant issues in law enforcement today.
Officers have long been accused of racial profiling. One example is the practice of stop-and-frisk. Research shows stop-and-frisk is disproportionately used on minorities.
In a stop-and-frisk, an officer temporarily detains a person for questioning and a pat down of outer clothing without concrete evidence of criminal activity. Instead, an officer can conduct a stop-and-frisk based on a reasonable suspicion that the person is involved in a crime or preparing to commit a crime.
There is no single cure for the problems underlying racially biased policing. In my paper, I plan to share some of the latest thinking and efforts across the nation regarding this difficult problem and why I feel so strongly about this topic.
Research Questions: What type of race sensitivity training do officers have to undergo and is it mandatory? Are officers provided ongoing and up-to-date statistics on police violence vs. minorities? Is the feeling among officers that this type of training is valuable or does it provoke further resentment by being cast as part of the culture of ‘political correctness’?

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