Driving While Black: Policing Changes in Response to Media Attention?

Patricia Y. Warren, North Carolina State University
Matthew T. Zingraff, North Carolina State University
H. Marcinda Mason, North Carolina State University

In recent years there has been a plethora of attention given to the 'Driving While Black' phenomenon. Police departments all over the United States have come under an enormous amount of scrutiny about their policing tactics. This study will examine preliminary evidence as to whether policing strategies change when departments are placed under intense political and media scrutiny regarding racial profiling. The data used in this study represents trends in citations/warnings and accidents in North Carolina from 1997 thru 2000.

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