Unformatted text preview: have great discretion when it comes to whether to arrest or not. Police tend to arrest people from the lower class because they perceive them as bad characters. Who Do the Police Ticket? Piliavan and Brair (1964) road with police in a West Coast town. They point out that the police encounter many minor violations of the law. Those violators with bad character were the ones arrested. Race, dress and demeanor were important determinants. The police arrested 2/3's of those individuals who were defiant, nonchalant, and uncooperative. On the other hand, when the individuals stopped were polite and cooperative, only 5 percent of those encountered lead to arrests....
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- Arrest, Brair, lower-class males