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The impact of affirmative action litigation on police killings of civilians

Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Although research has shown that court-ordered hiring quotas increase the number of minority police officers in litigated cities, there has been little insight into how workforce diversity, or lack thereof, may impact police violence. Using an event-study framework, we find that the threat of affirmative action litigation reduces police killings of non-white civilians in the long-run. In addition, we find evidence of lower arrest rates for non-white civilians and more diverse police departments 25 years after litigation. Our results highlight the vital role that federal interventions have in addressing police behavior and the use of lethal force.

Dr. Jamein P. Cunningham is an assistant professor in the Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University. His research agenda currently consists of four broad overarching themes focusing on the intersectionality of institutional discrimination, access to social justice, crime and criminal justice, and race and economic inequality.

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Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, College of Human Ecology

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Public Engagement


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Sarah Harrington


Jamein P. Cunningham

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Brooks School of Public Policy

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