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dc.contributor.authorNowacki, Jeffrey S., 1979-
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-09T19:56:49Z
dc.date.available2010-02-09T19:56:49Z
dc.date.issued2010-02-09T19:56:49Z
dc.date.submittedDecember 2009
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/10260
dc.description.abstractIn general, the literature suggests that police behaviors, such as the use of lethal force, can be controlled by placing limits on police discretion. One way to achieve this is through policy. Officers tend to use lethal force less frequently in cities where restrictive deadly force policies are in place. By the same token, research indicates that lethal force incidents are more prevalent in cities with 1) larger minority populations, and 2) greater levels of economic disadvantage. In this study, I examine how each of these factors (policy, minority population size, and economic disadvantage) affect police use of deadly force independent of each other, and whether policy mediates the effect of the other variables. Using data from the Supplementary Homicide Reports from 1980-1984, I use negative binomial regression models to examine how racial threat, economic disadvantage, and restrictive policy affect police use of deadly force, whether policy mediates the effects of these other variables, and finally, whether the effects of policy are conditional on city-level threat and disadvantage. I estimate models for both total population and race-specific models so that I can test whether the effects on police use of lethal force vary between blacks and whites. Results indicate strong direct effects for policy, but not racial threat or economic disadvantage. Further, no mediating or conditional effects were found. These findings suggest that police discretion can play an important role in controlling police behavior, such as the use of deadly force.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectPoliceen_US
dc.subjectDiscretionen_US
dc.subjectDeadly Forceen_US
dc.subjectRacial Threaten_US
dc.subjectDisadvantageen_US
dc.subjectPolicyen_US
dc.subject.lcshPolice shootings--United States--Social aspects
dc.subject.lcshPolice shootings--United States--Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcshPolice shootings--United States--Economic aspects
dc.titlePolicy, Racial Threat, and Economic Conditions: A Look at Police Use of Deadly Forceen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeSociologyen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Sociologyen_US
dc.description.advisorBroidy, Lisa
dc.description.committee-memberLyons, Christopher
dc.description.committee-memberRoberts, Aki


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