Does Race Matter for Police Use of Force? Evidence from 911 Calls

  title={Does Race Matter for Police Use of Force? Evidence from 911 Calls},
  author={Mark L. Hoekstra and CarlyWill Sloan},
  journal={Urban Economics & Regional Studies eJournal},
  • Mark L. Hoekstra, CarlyWill Sloan
  • Published 2020
  • Psychology
  • Urban Economics & Regional Studies eJournal
  • While there is much concern about the role of race in police use of force, identifying causal effects is difficult. This is in part because of selection, and in part because researchers often observe only interactions that end in use of force, necessitating nontrivial benchmarking assumptions. This paper addresses these problems by using data on officers dispatched to over 2 million 911 calls in two cities, neither of which allows for discretion in the dispatch process. Using a location-by-time… CONTINUE READING
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