The purpose of the following qualitative phenomenological study was to address how African American males describe their perceptions of police officers in light of viewing recordings displaying interactions between African Americans and the police on YouTube. The theoretical framework of the qualitative researched focused on critical race theory. Accordingly, the research applied snowball sampling. Interviews were conducted with African American males over the age of 18, who viewed YouTube recordings showing interactions between African Americans and the police. The following themes were identified in the data analysis process utilizing NVivo:(a) African Americans males are emotional after viewing recordings showing interactions between African Americans and the police, (b) African American males respect the police, (c) African American males have the “Talk” with family (d) African Americans males are subject to the influence of labeling, (e) African American males contend fear is a factor in the relationship between African Americans and the police, (f) police officers should know the community they serve, (g) the role of history complicates the relationship between African Americans and the police, (h) African American males are uncertain of procedural justice, (i) African American males assert recordings on YouTube highlights the perceived relationship between African Americans and the police, (j) African American males contend police officers need more training, and (k) African American males affirm there are good police officers and bad police officers. The study found that while emotional, YouTube recordings aids in assessing the relationship between African Americans and the police. The study also found respect for law enforcement, acknowledging that there are good and bad police officers; however, the study highlighted the importance of the talk in the African American family as there is a fear factor when interacting with police officers. The research provides a blueprint for police officers, policymakers, and communities to investigate further and improve the relationship between African Americans and the police.
|Commitee:||Kill, Misti, Wallace, Ron|
|Department:||School of Public Service and Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Criminology, Ethnic studies, Law enforcement, Sociology, African American Studies, Public policy, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||African American male perceptions, Police, YouTube, Policymakers, Police brutality , Bad policing, Police training, African American-police interactions|
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