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Author Mason, Patrick L.
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Police Bias ♦ Empirical Result ♦ Non-parametric Test ♦ Police Discrimination ♦ Fhp Trooper ♦ Important Public Policy Issue ♦ Social Group ♦ Stopped Driver ♦ African American Male ♦ Theoretical Analysis ♦ Methodological Difficulty ♦ Different Race ♦ Biased Search ♦ White Male Driver ♦ Latino Driver ♦ Ethnic Minority ♦ Null Hypothesis ♦ Florida Highway Patrol
Abstract Biased policing against racial and ethnic minorities is an important public policy issue. Theoretical analysis and empirical results on this issue has been plagued by an assortment of problems which confront research on the nature and significance of police discrimination against social groups. This paper presents and applies a non-parametric test that is robust to a host of methodological difficulties. We theoretically and empirically contrast our non-parametric test with other tests that are prominent in the literature. Utilizing data provided by the Florida Highway Patrol, our empirical results strongly reject the null hypothesis that FHP troopers of different races do not en-gage in racially biased searches of stopped drivers. More particularly, there is evidence of police bias against African American male and Latino drivers by all officers and no evidence of police bias against white male drivers by any group of officers.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article