Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Pan-African Studies, MA
Racialization; policing practices; African American perceptions; community-oriented; Breonna Taylor
This study investigates how African Americans perceive the racialization process in the criminal justice system following the death of Breonna Taylor. Focusing primarily on police-community relations in Louisville, KY, I find the Breonna Taylor case amplifies preconceived perceptions of race between civilian and non-civilian groups. To test the hypothesis that racialization in the criminal justice system has caused damaging effects on relations between African Americans and police, two virtual focus groups were designed to discuss participants’ experiences with law enforcement. My findings suggest that the racialization process in the criminal justice system negatively skewed African American civilians’ attitudes towards law enforcement and reaffirmed distrust between the groups. It is my recommendation to revolutionize law enforcement policing practices by restructuring policing practices with a focus on the community that eliminates racial bias and builds positive relationships that promote public safety and the well-being of all civilians regardless of race and ethnicity.
Bellamy, Moriah Antoinette, ""If fear wasn't enough?!": African American perceptions of policing after Breonna Taylor's unprovoked death." (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3762.
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