Master's Oral Defense: "Examining the impact of police shooting on non-political civic participation over time"

Speaker: Min Hee Seo, Washington University in Saint Louis

Abstract: I investigate whether police violence influences citizen propensity to contact and request services from municipal governments. Drawing from past studies on police use of force and citizen trust in government, I argue that police shooting of an unarmed civilian could result in racial disparities on citizen trust in not only the police department but also in municipal governments. By applying a quasi-experimental design, an interrupted time series analysis, on the universe of citizen service request data, I find evidence in support of my argument that black residents are less likely to request municipal services compared to white residents after the police shooting of an unarmed black man.

Hosts: Nan Lin, Jose Figueroa-Lopez, and Betsy Sinclair