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Thesis/Dissertation Seminars

Thesis Defense: Attitudinal Trends in Police Use of Force

HPH 406i
March 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Announcing the Final Examination of Tashanda Dennison for the degree of Master of Arts in the department of Sociology.

Several high profile incidents of police officers using questionable amounts of force have shaken public trust in law enforcement. These recent cases have reinvigorated national conversations about race, economic disparities and police practices. The current levels of public outrage in response to allegations of police brutality have surpassed the level outrage that followed similar highly publicized incidents from previous decades (Lawrence 2000; Weitzer 2015). This study seeks to expand the current literature citizens' interpretations of police violence. Specifically the current research examined the relationship between demographic characteristics, exposure to highly publicized media reports of police brutality and the impact that these incidents have on overall support for police use of force. Methodology: The data for the current research are from the General Social Survey (GSS), a full probability national household survey of English speaking, non-institutionalized adults. The current research used data from two survey years (2012 and 2016) and includes 3,075 respondents.

Committee in Charge: Amy Donley (Chair), Amy Reckdenwald, David A. Gay