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NCJ Number: 148757 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of the Rodney King Incident on Citizen Attitudes Toward Police
Journal: Policing and Society  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(1994)  Pages:245-255
Author(s): J R Lasley
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Haynes (the John Randolph) and Dora Haynes Foundation
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Grant Number: 55301
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The impact of the confrontation between Los Angeles police officers and Rodney King in March 1991 on public attitudes toward police was studied using a probability sample of 369 residents representing inner-city neighborhoods in South Central Los Angeles.
Abstract: The research used a multiwave panel design to measure attitude change before and after the King incident. Data collection took place from December 1990 to June 1991 and took place in four waves. The age, race, and gender of participants were studied as independent effects on the attitude toward police, which was measured through an index consisting of five Likert-style items tapping a single dimension of police fairness toward citizens in the enforcement of laws. Results revealed that regardless of age, race, or gender, citizen attitudes toward police were significantly lowered following the King incident. Findings also revealed that the negative perceptions of police fairness were significantly lower and longer-term among blacks than among any other respondent group. Tables and 16 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of the Police
Index Term(s): California; Criminology; Police Brutality
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