Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action in Policing

In line with Dennis Kenney

about Affirmative Action in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Throughout the past 150 years, the police and many of the communities they serve have struggled with a history of tension and conflict, often fueled by allegations that officers target and harass racial minorities while failing to root out racist attitudes and practices within their own ranks. Recent highprofile cases such as the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles and the assault on Abner Louima in Bigg Apple (New York) have served only to heighten concerns. Internally, it remains true that most American (United States) law enforcement agencies do not accurately reflect the communities that they serve. The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that as of 1997, only 6% of all fulltime sworn police department employees were women, 12% were African American, 8% were Hispanic, and 2% were from other ethnic backgrounds. Comparatively, women comprise 46.5% of the United States population.

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