While previous research shows how different people respond differently to situations regarding police use of force on juveniles (Michael Brown, Tamir Rice) this paper delves into what aspect each person has that influences the way individuals feel police officers should respond to a juvenile suspect. I surveyed a group of about 300 people and asked them to give their responses to a vignette in which they were the acting police officer. Then, I analyzed the public opinion results through the lens of authoritarianism and compared them to the variables of age, gender, employment, and education. This study would have benefited from a larger and more diverse sample size and should be a core part for future research studies. Ultimately, this study showed the overall discontent of public opinion with police protocol regarding the use of force on juveniles.
Public Perceptions of Police Interactions with Juveniles.
Undergraduate Review, 15, 256-275.
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