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Justice Quarterly

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The use of force by police in a democratic society continues to be controversial. Despite the theoretical and practical importance of police use of force, little is known about the sources of public attitudes toward it. Recent research suggests that whites' approval of police use of force may derive partly from racial prejudice against African Americans. In this paper we test this possibility with data from the 1990 General Social Survey and find that negative stereotypes of African Americans contribute to whites' support for police use of excessive force. We also address the theoretical and pragmatic significance of our findings.

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Steven E. Barkan & Steven F. Cohn (1998) Racial prejudice and support by whites for police use of force: A research note, Justice Quarterly, 15:4, 743-753, DOI: 10.1080/07418829800093971

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