Minority and Majority Perceptions of Racial Profiling

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Conference Title

American Society of Criminology


Washington, D.C.

Conference Dates

November 18-21, 2015

Date of Presentation



While sustained accounts of racial profiling are certainly damaging to the police-community relationship, citizen perceptions of race-based bias can be just as harmful. With minority members, particularly African Americans most likely to experience racial profiling, it is not surprising that minorities are much more likely to see racial profiling as a widespread problem, again, with African Americans being the most critical (Weitzer & Tuch, 2002). This study examines differences in majority and minority member perceptions of racial profiling at both the individual and neighborhood level utilizing hierarchical linear modeling with data from the Seattle Neighborhood Crime Survey (2002-2003). Particularly, this study explores differences in direction and magnitude pertaining to factors that affect majority and minority members’ perceptions of racial profiling using logistic regression.

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