Date of Conferral
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
Garth den Heyer
The research problem and purpose of this study was to examine the personal narratives of Black male law enforcement officers with racial profiling and police violence. It was believed that narratives would reveal the existence and negative effects of duality victims and possible offenders for the participants in this study. The theory of social behaviorism by Mead was used as a lens for theoretical foundation and conceptual framework. Mead asserted that racial profiling and police violence acts are forms of social behaviorism and assimilation into law enforcement for Black male officers. The research question for the study inquired about the narratives of Black male law enforcement officers and their experiences with racial profiling and police violence. The research design was a qualitative narrative approach, for which data were obtained through one-on-one phone interviews with 6 recruited participants. The data were then transcribed and coded using NVIVO II software. The results of the study revealed an existing duality among all the participants as being both a victim and witness of racial profiling and police violence. It was recommended that further research be conducted that is inclusive or centralizes on the narratives of Black police officers. Similar research using different racial, ethnic, and sexual orientation groups would be beneficial for societal change in how institutions can reduce or eliminate discriminatory practices.
Brown, DuJuan, "Narratives of Black Male Law Enforcement Officers Racial Profiling Experiences" (2020). Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 9068.