Lines and Shadows: Perceptions of Racial Profiling and the Hispanic Experience

John D. Reitzel, University of Florida
Stephen K. Rice, University of Florida

Despite a longstanding research tradition examining the intersection of policing and race, extant research has focused almost exclusively on race and ethnicity in black and white terms. As such, our knowledge of the Hispanic experience remains opaque. In this study, we use data from a random sample of New York City residents to compare the perceptions of racial profiling among Hispanic and non-Hispanic citizens. In particular, we examine the factors that relate to the perception that racial profiling is widespread, justified, and personally experienced. Findings are grounded within the literature on police-citizen relations and racial profiling.

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