- The Oxford Handbooks in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- List of Contributors
- A Recent History of the Police
- Policing Urban Drug Markets
- The Politics of Policing
- Police Organizations and the Iron Cage of Rationality
- Problem-Oriented Policing: Principles, Practice, and Crime Prevention
- Order Maintenance Policing
- Community Policing
- Zero Tolerance and Policing
- Policing Vulnerable Populations
- Police Authority in Liberal-Consent Democracies: A Case for Anti-Authoritarian Cops
- Police Legitimacy
- Police Coercion
- Restraint and Technology: Exploring Police Use of the Taser through the Diffusion of Innovation Framework
- Police Misconduct
- Police Race Relations
- Race, Place, and Policing the Inner-City
- Racial Profiling
- Illegal Immigration and Local Policing
- Police Administrative Records as Social Science Data
- Using Community Surveys to Study Policing
- Systematic Social Observation of the Police
- Using Experimental Designs to Study Police Interventions
- Ethnographies of Policing
- Police Legitimacy in Action: Lessons for Theory and Policy
- Private Policing in Public Spaces
- The Policing of Space: New Realities, Old Dilemmas
- Policing in Central and Eastern Europe: Past, Present, and Future Prospects
- Local Police and the “War” on Terrorism
Abstract and Keywords
This essay examines how police officers’ assumptions about race, place, crime, and offenders negatively impacts urban policing. It is contended that aggressive crime control efforts, such as the widespread use of stop and frisks, have the potential to erode citizen trust and increase legal cynicism—especially among urban minority males who consider themselves (often correctly) to be officers’ main targets. Finally, specific policy recommendations are offered as a means of improving urban minority citizens’ satisfaction with and confidence in the police through the procedural justice model of police legitimacy.
Rod K. Brunson is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University.
Jacinta M. Gau is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida.
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