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Uncovering Race and Class Biases of Floridian Law Enforcement: A Geospatial Analysis

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Barnali Dixon (School of Geosciences)

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United States Law Enforcement has been under the watchful eye of the public in recent years due to national media coverage of events such as the Ferguson Riots of 2014 and the death of George Floyd in 2020. Given that the inception of the U.S. police force has an inception rooted in racist ideals of the past (i.e. slavecatching), it is becoming more pertinent to observe and assess the behavior and practices of modern-day police officers. This study serves to create a geospatial analysis of the relationship between instances of police brutality within the state of Florida and the minority status, socioeconomic status, as well as gentrification indicators associated with different census tracts. The use of geographic information systems (GIS) will be used to conduct said geospatial analysis using crowdsourced data on instances of police violence as well as census data that contains various demographic characteristics over time.

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Uncovering Race and Class Biases of Floridian Law Enforcement: A Geospatial Analysis

United States Law Enforcement has been under the watchful eye of the public in recent years due to national media coverage of events such as the Ferguson Riots of 2014 and the death of George Floyd in 2020. Given that the inception of the U.S. police force has an inception rooted in racist ideals of the past (i.e. slavecatching), it is becoming more pertinent to observe and assess the behavior and practices of modern-day police officers. This study serves to create a geospatial analysis of the relationship between instances of police brutality within the state of Florida and the minority status, socioeconomic status, as well as gentrification indicators associated with different census tracts. The use of geographic information systems (GIS) will be used to conduct said geospatial analysis using crowdsourced data on instances of police violence as well as census data that contains various demographic characteristics over time.