Tony Cheng has Published an Article in Social Problems

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August 7, 2019

Ph.D. candidate Tony Cheng has just published a new article in Social Problems called “Input without Influence: The Silence and Scripts of Police and Community Relations.”  It draws on seven years of Chicago Police Board meeting transcripts to find that police representatives replied to 74% of resident complaints with literal silence, and when they did respond, both police and residents repeated identifiable scripts that reflected divergent conceptualizations of community issues.  Police use of silence and scripts are examples of “perfunctory policing,” where officers superficially comply with procedural requirements of a program or practice, but resist substantive changes in performance—leaving residents to shoulder the consequences of police inaction.