Police Influence on Society

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Police Influence
Police Influence on Society

Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice CJA/344
March 25, 2012

Police Influence
Police Influence on Society
The history of policing in diverse neighborhoods has not been a pleasant part of our history. Racism and prejudice was a everyday experience on a daily beat of a police officer. At one time the police force only consisted of Anglo-Saxon men of a certain height and weight and did not consist of other races nor was women even allowed on the force, since a women’s place was at home. Laws were also different for Whites and Blacks. The 1960’s brought about racial tension and the prison system started filling up with Black males that were indicted for more violent trumped up charges simply because their skin color was different. A Brief History

Prior to the Civil War, Blacks were not imprisoned for crimes because they were owned by Whites and therefore, any crimes that may have been construed as crimes were dealt with by their owners. After the Civil War the freed slaves, if they committed a crime, were leased to previous owners to work off their convictions or were sent to the mining fields or railroad buildings, Crutchfield, R, Fernandez, A, and Martinez, J, (2010). Traffic Stops

Fast forward to the twenty first century there is still racial disparity within the criminal justice system. African-American and Latino males are more likely to be stopped by law enforcement for traffic violations. They are seen by individual police officers as targets because they are thought to have a higher criminal behavior, if the traffic stop is skin color motivated. These groups are also more likely to be searched, but are not more

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