, Volume 52, Issue 5, pp 475–480 | Cite as

American Policing Under Fire: Misconduct and Reform

  • Ronald Weitzer
Social Science and Public Policy


A cluster of recent police killings of African American men has sparked an unprecedented amount of public debate regarding policing in the United States. Critics and protesters have made sweeping allegations about the police; a presidential commission has been formed to study police misconduct; and reforms are being debated. These events provide a backdrop for this article’s review of recent poll data and discussion of research regarding police relations with African Americans, Latinos, and whites.


Law enforcement Race Mass media Police reform 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology Department, 409 Phillips HallGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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