Racial Profiling Practices in Law Enforcement: An Intra-Racial Phenomenon?

Alejandro del Carmen, University of Texas - Arlington
Lori Guevara, University of Texas at Arlington
Robert L. Bing III, University of Texas - Arlington
Detis Duhart, Bureau of Justice Statistics

ABSTRACT
Despite the attention devoted to racial profiling, very little has been done to measure racial profiling practices of individual police departments while relying on DPS (Department of Public Safety) data. Most studies that have measured profiling trends have relied on Census Bureau Data; this source is not representative of the driving population. Thus, the purpose of this study is to address the existing gap in the literature by examining racial profiling trends while comparing the percentage of minorities stopped by police officers in North Texas with the percentage of minorities that hold drivers' licenses in the same jurisdiction. Further, the study aims at determining if traffic-related stops are interracial in nature. That is, if minority officers stop, at disproportionate rates, suspects of their same race/ethnicity.

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