Detrimental effects of police stops

Police street stops of adolescent boys of color cause psychological distress and lead to increased delinquent behavior, according to a new study published by the National Academies of Science. The study followed a sample of black and Latino 9th and 10th graders from 6 high schools in one city over an 18-month period. Of the sample, 40% reported experiencing at least one street stop during the study period. Those stopped were not more likely to have self-reported prior delinquency, but subsequently did report more distress and more delinquency. The findings “suggest that police stops are associated with harmful outcomes for young boys in … [high crime areas], and that they may be even more harmful when they occur earlier in boys’ lives.”

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