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Abstract

A high-crime area, when used as a factor in reasonable suspicion analysis to help justify a police officer’s stop and frisk of an African American, is overtly racist. This Note will first analyze the empirical data showing that high-crime areas are predominately high-black areas—including a historical analysis for how this came about. Next, the Note will explain the origin and jurisprudence of the high-crime area factor, highlighting its curtailment by lower courts. It will then validate that the only viable solution is to dump the high-crime area factor. Finally, this Note explains how the high-crime area factor potentially violates the Equal Protection Clause.

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https://doi.org/10.15779/Z388C9R37M

 

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