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Racial Bias in Law Enforcement

Racial Bias in Law Enforcement – Fact or Fiction?

In her timely two and a half hour presentation, Dr. Lois James, one of the nation’s leading law enforcement researchers, shares what science has to say about the contentious subject of racial bias among police. Among the pressing questions she will approach are: Are law enforcement officers influenced by racial bias but don’t know it?...
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New Study: How Race, Clothes, & Demeanor Influence Police Violence

It’s all about a subject’s demeanor—not about race, ethnicity, or attire—when encounters with police escalate to violence, according to a new study from Washington State U. Activist groups and mainstream media, of course, tend to insist otherwise. But a research team that conducted the first controlled laboratory study comparing how behavior and visible characteristics influence...
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New Study Links Fatigue, Police Racial Bias

Police officers show significantly greater evidence of unconscious racial bias when they’re fatigued, according to a newly reported study by a researcher at Washington State U. in Spokane. “When officers received less sleep preceding each test session, they were significantly more likely to associate Black Americans with weapons compared with when they had received more...
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New Washington State University Study: Even Tired Cops Are More Hesitant To Shoot Black Suspects

The most explosive crisis law enforcement faces today is the allegation that rampant racial bias drives officers’ shooting decisions. Yet a new study concludes that officers tend not to be biased against black suspects in resorting to deadly force, even when fatigued and thus potentially more vulnerable to making angry, irrational, and impulsive decisions. Indeed,...
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Cops Hesitate More, Err Less When Shooting Black Suspects, Study Finds

With the turmoil in Ferguson (MO) the latest example, activists and many reporters would have us believe that police officers are prejudicially trigger happy when dealing with black suspects. But a scientific study from Washington State University-Spokane suggests just the opposite. In truth, according to findings from the research team’s innovative experiments: Officers were less...
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The LAPD Consent-Decree Mess; More Of The Same Ahead For Other Agencies As DOJ Ramps Up A Campaign Against Police, Author Warns

An award-winning journalist who frequently writes on law enforcement issues has given a scathing account of the federal government’s 10-year oversight of the LAPD and calls it “a disturbing harbinger for other police departments.” In a 3,100-word report in The Weekly Standard magazine, author and TV commentator Heather Mac Donald paints a damning picture of...
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Force Science Pinpoints Human Dynamics Of Police-On-Police Shootings (Part 2)

Part 2 of a 2-part series A Governor’s Task Force in New York recently issued a 147-page report on police-on-police shootings in which it emphasizes that “unconscious race bias” may be a compelling factor when out-of-uniform officers, working plainclothes or taking some law enforcement action off-duty, are mistaken for life-threatening criminals and are shot dead...
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The Ultimate Tragedy: What’s The Truth About Police-On-Police Shootings? (Part 1)

Part 1 of a 2-part series The first comprehensive nationwide survey of mistaken-identity, “friendly fire” fatalities in law enforcement has been completed by a governor’s task force in New York, unearthing a wealth of informative and useful data but raising a controversial specter that “unconscious racial biases” against minority officers may influence some of these...
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Does Race Influence Cop-On-Cop Shootings?

A Governor’s Task Force in New York, formed to examine police-on-police shootings nationwide, recently issued an extensive report that claims “intrinsic” racial bias may be involved when out-of-uniform black officers are mistaken for criminals and shot dead by their colleagues. But a Force Science Position Paper on the subject, which is attached as an appendix...
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