Police Violence and the Underreporting of Crime
Daniel W. Gingerich and
Economics and Politics, 2018, vol. 30, issue 1, 78-105
This paper examines the relationship between police violence and the reporting of crime. Utilizing original data from a largeâ€ scale household survey conducted in Costa Rica from October 2013 to April 2014 (nÂ =Â 4,200), we find that the observation of police violence significantly reduces citizensâ€™ willingness to report crime. The implications of this finding are explored using a gameâ€ theoretic model of crime, crime reporting, and police misconduct. The model reveals that although the prospect of police violence against criminals may generate a degree of deterrence for criminal behavior, permissiveness toward police violence also raises expectations about the likelihood of police abuse against lawâ€ abiding citizens. Consistent with our empirics, this reduces citizensâ€™ propensity to report crime, thereby fostering a climate of impunity for criminal activity.
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