Dr. Chuck Epp was interviewed by the Washington Post about a new Justice Department report in the article, "Baltimore police once used a helicopter to break up a dice game." Here's an excerpt of the article:
The report critiques Baltimore's "zero-tolerance policing, the practice of rigorously enforcing the laws against even minor transgressions in an effort to close down outdoor drug markets and to create an atmosphere of public order. The report concludes that police in Baltimore violate civilians' constitutional rights, use excessive force and do so in a way that disproportionately harms the city's black residents."
The data on Baltimore fits a familiar pattern to the research that Epp and colleagues did in Kansas City with the result being "people become less likely to call the police for help or when they have information, which could increase crime over the long term."