Race and Policing in America: Conflict and Reform

Ronald Weitzer and Steven A. Tuch, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Race and Policing in America explores how race affects the relationship between police and citizens. Written by Ronald Weitzer and Steven Tuch, professors of sociology at George Washington University in Washington, DC, the book examines the influence of personal and secondhand experience, mass media accounts of police activity, and neighborhood conditions on citizens’ views in four major areas, including overall satisfaction with city/community police, police misconduct, police racial discrimination, and evaluation of and support for reforms in policing.

The authors draw from an extensive review of existing studies as well as the data from their own NIJ-funded study that explored the opinions from a national representative survey of whites, African Americans, and Hispanics. The book’s findings provide a more complete picture of race and ethnicity and policing than did earlier, less-inclusive studies.

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