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"Race, Place, and Suburban Policing"Too Close for Comfort$
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Andrea S. Boyles

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282384

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282384.001.0001

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Race, Place, and Policing in the United States

Race, Place, and Policing in the United States

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"Race, Place, and Suburban Policing"

Andrea S. Boyles

University of California Press

Chapter 2 provides a template and a timeline for the development of the relationships between black citizens and the police in United States history. This chapter traces the history of differential policing by chronicling the functions and persisting effects of the slave patrol, slave codes, black codes, and Jim Crow laws. Also, this chapter delves into the growth and policing of segregated urban and suburban areas by providing a historical analysis of interactions between black citizens and the police in so-called sundown towns, along with contemporary suburban trends and attitudes. Then, finally, it reviews the interactions between black citizens and the police as understood through racial profiling and data accounting for citizens’ attitudes toward police, along with interviews and ethnographic studies to assess the community context of policing and the responses of black citizens.

Keywords:   race, blacks, police, slavery, segregation, racial profiling, attitudes, suburbs, ethnography

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