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This experiment was conducted with 100 volunteers from Lindenwood University (20 staff and 80 students). There were 56 male and 44 female participants. Each participant took a survey pertaining to their past encounters with the police. The researcher was trying to determine if there was: a) a difference between races in the amount of people who had been questioned by the police for looking suspicious, b) the reason why the people who had been questioned felt they had, c) if there was a difference between sexes and questioning for looking suspicious and d) if any sex and race combination was more likely to be questioned for looking suspicious (e.g., African American males). A Chi Square analysis was conducted and the results of the first two analyses revealed there were promising trends, they did not reach significance. The last two analyses showed strong significance between the groups.

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