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The Politicization of Crime and its Implications

By: Komysha Hassan | Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Knuckey


  1. Rodney King, a 25-year old African-American, was stopped by police following an alleged car chase. While attempting to apprehend him, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers were videotaped by a local resident brutally beating King, as their colleagues looked on. The case led to the scrutiny of the LAPD as a department for systemic abuse and misconduct. For additional details, see Mydans (1991).
  2. For the purposes of this paper, “the state” is defined as polity, an organized political entity (such as the American state) rather than the geographical state, i.e., the state of Tennessee. 
  3. For more on this particular aspect, including a discussion on statistical integrity when estimating national crime trends, see Mosher, Methe and Hart (2011).
  4. See Brown v. Board (1958).
  5. See Brown v. Board (1958), and to a lesser extent Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (1964).
  6. See Mapp v. Ohio (1961), Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), and Miranda v. Arizona (1966).

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