racism in law enforcement - Concerns surrounding an inequality in treatment between whites and racial minorities have long been a hot-topic issue for

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Concerns surrounding an inequality in treatment between whites and racial minorities have long been a hot-topic issue for policy analysis. Especially following the 1991 videotaped beating of Rodney King and subsequent acquittal of the four white officers responsible, racial tension as a result of disparate treatment has been at a particular high. One needs only look at rates of incarceration to notice a disproportion. For example, statistics show that more than one-fourth of all black males and 16 percent of Latinos can expect to spend time in prison during their lifetime. Dissimilarly, only 4 percent of white males ever go to prison. Though African-Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, they compose about half of all prison inmates and 40 percent of those sentenced to death. Even more startling, a third of all African-American males aged 20-29 are right now either locked up, on probation, or on parole.

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