Perspective Bias and Attitudes Toward the Police- An Analysis of Video-Recorded Citizen and Police Interactions

dc.contributor.advisorVieraitis, Lynne M.
dc.creatorHernandez, Richard
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-05T17:18:07Z
dc.date.available2021-02-05T17:18:07Z
dc.date.created2020-12
dc.date.issued2020-11-13
dc.date.submittedDecember 2020
dc.date.updated2021-02-05T17:18:08Z
dc.description.abstractPolice officers across the United States face an onslaught of change, driven primarily by social upheaval in a country whose citizens are increasingly skeptical of the government and its institutions (Pew Research Center, 2019). One important change to the police occupation is the increased role of technology, specifically, the use of body-worn cameras (BWCs). These devices which are affixed to an officer’s uniform, may protect them from false accusations of misconduct and provide clarity and transparency to potentially controversial police encounters with citizens. A nationally representative survey of police departments across the United States found that one third of law enforcement agencies use BWCs and another 50 percent of departments intending to deploy them (Police Executive Research Forum, 2018). Despite the widespread use of BWCs, few studies have investigated the potential problem of perspective bias and in those that have, research suggests that camera angles play a role in the interpretation of encounters. This study examines the role of camera perspective bias in perceptions of police conduct. To accomplish this goal, video footage, shot from different perspectives, of two police-citizen encounters in which force was used were shown to study participants and their perceptions captured using survey methodology. The findings suggest there is a significant difference in respondents’ perceptions of the justifiability of officer use of force depending on the perspective from which the video is recorded.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10735.1/9172
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectPolice brutality
dc.subjectPolice misconduct
dc.subjectWearable video devices
dc.subjectPerception
dc.titlePerspective Bias and Attitudes Toward the Police- An Analysis of Video-Recorded Citizen and Police Interactions
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentCriminology
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Dallas
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.namePHD

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