Evaluating the Framing of Safety, Equity, and Policing: Responses to the Murder of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, and Calls to Defund the Police Public Deposited

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  • April 21, 2021
  • Brown, Sarah
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • This project aimed to construct a narrative to explore how the framing of safety, equity, and policing is changing in the active transportation profession following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 by Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin. This study uses relational content analysis to study the nuances of how organizational leadership is talking about safety, equity, and policing in response to his death and the following calls for Black Lives Matter and defunding the police. Ten active transportation organizations studied had racial equity-imbued rhetoric in response to this intense and emotional time in U.S. history. Findings show that the definition of safety in transportation is expanding to include safety from police. Additionally, mentions of condemning acts of racism, human rights, alternatives to policing, and addressing ways to decrease interactions with police in transportation are explored. There is also an emerging support for questioning the reliance on the “Es” framework, specifically Enforcement, and looking toward Safe Systems approaches within transportation. This project hopes to contribute to the conversation around the definition of safety, the use of police, and the “Es" framework in active transportation policies, programs, and research.
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  • McDonald, Noreen
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Master of City and Regional Planning
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