Police Use of Excessive Force in Disorganized Neighborhoods

Police Use of Excessive Force in Disorganized Neighborhoods
Zachary R. Hays
March 2011

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-449-0 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xii, 180 pages

Price   $65.00


Hays examines how residents of socially disorganized neighborhoods become the victims of both criminals and rogue police officers. Following from theories of social disorganization and collective efficacy, Hays proposes a new theory for predicting police use of force. He argues that as neighborhood poverty, racial/ethnic differences, and residential mobility increase, it becomes more difficult for residents to know each other, to trust each other, and to help each other defend their neighborhoods from criminals and from rogue police officers. Using data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, he finds that residents of disorganized neighborhoods are doubly-victimized – both by the criminals who work their neighborhoods and the police who are supposed to protect them.

About the Author

Zachary R. Hays’ research focuses on policing and law enforcement, with special interest in police use of force, community policing, and racial profiling. He also studies criminological theory, communities and crime, religion and crime, social stratification, and social science research methods.