Racial Profiling, Racial Bias and Issues of Methodology and Interpretation

Thomas J. Gamble, Mercyhurst College
Peter J. Benekos, Mercyhurst College

Municipal studies of "racial profiling" present several methodological and interpretive challenges. This paper will present data from a six-month study of officer-initiated stops and searches in a medium-sized city in a large eastern state. Data will be presented on over 2500 police stops and searches. Problems of implementation, methodology and interpretation will be discussed and approaches to some of the problems will be presented.

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