The mysticism of police expertise

Issues/Topics Covered in this Chapter
  • Police strategies and perceptions of criminals and competing stop and frisk statistical claims
  • Racial profiling and statistical benchmarks
  • Measuring racial disparities in police activities
  • Response to the Second Supplemental Report of Jeffrey Fagan, Ph.D (2012) and Second Supplemental Report of Jeffrey Fagan, Ph.D. (2012)
  • Police and the perception of legal impunity
  • Debate over “proactive policing”: Effects on crime and communities
  • The Warren Court and the birth of the unreasonable Police Officer
  • Expert witness reports

Police strategies

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Perceptions of criminals and competing stop-and-frisk statistical claims

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Racial profiling and statistical benchmarks

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Measuring racial disparities in police activities

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Response to the Second Supplemental Report of Jeffrey Fagan and Second Supplemental Report of Jeffrey Fagan

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Police and the perception of legal impunity

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Review Questions
  1. How do differing police strategies influence perceptions of criminality, and how do competing statistical claims regarding stop and frisk practices impact public discourse and policy decisions?
  2. What role do statistical benchmarks play in evaluating instances of racial profiling by law enforcement, and how do debates surrounding these benchmarks inform discussions on equity and justice within policing?
  3. What methodologies are used to measure racial disparities in police activities, and what insights do these measurements provide into patterns of law enforcement behavior and their impact on communities of color?
  4. How did experts like Jeffrey Fagan contribute to the discourse on policing and racial disparities, and what were the responses to their reports, particularly in the context of debates over proactive policing and legal accountability for law enforcement actions?

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