Variation in Racial Disparities in Police Use of Force

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Abstract
I examine racial disparities in police use of force using new data from New Jersey.
I find that blacks and Hispanics are more likely to have more severe types of force
used against them conditional on force, that these disparities persist after adjusting
for an exhaustive set of factors and using new methods to limit selection bias, and
that they increase with force severity. I then extend empirical Bayes methods to
estimate department-specific racial differences, finding significant variation across
New Jersey’s hundreds of departments. Finally, I observe that officer diversity
cannot predict these departmental disparities, though income and inequality may.
Year of Publication
2020
Number
639
Date Published
04/2020
Publication Language
eng
Citation Key
11666
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Working Papers