A recent study by the Pew Research Center tackles the issue of race relations in policing, and how recent high-profile fatal shootings have effected how police officers view their jobs. This study is a must-read for all police officers!
Body Worn Camera Program, Lessons Learned, COPS and PERF https://ric-zai-inc.com/Publications/cops-p296-pub.pdf Chapter 1. Perceived Benefits of Body-Worn Cameras Accountability and transparency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . … Read More
Justice Department investigation found deficient practices and policies, recommends 272 changes at San Francisco Police Department; Chief resigns In a 387-page report, the Justice Department said it found the majority of deadly use of force incidents by San Francisco officers involved people of color. The report said, “The deficiencies identified range from outdated use of force policies to inadequate data … Read More
Protecting Whiteness White Phenotypic Racial Stereotypicality Reduces Police Use of Force Kimberly Barsamian Kahn1 Department of Psychology, Portland State University, PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phillip Atiba Goff Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA Katherine Lee1 Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA Diane … Read More
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF DOJ’S FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS Background and Scope of Review The great majority of the City’s police officers are honorable law enforcement professionals who risk their physical safety and well-being for the public good. However, a pattern of excessive force exists as a result of a subset of officers who use force improperly, and is caused by a … Read More
Oakland Police, Stopping and Handcuffing Disproportionate Numbers of Blacks, Work To Restore Trust By Tom Jackman June 15, 2016 The relationship between a city and its police department is often defined on the streets, where citizens’ contacts with patrol officers leave lasting impacts. And in Oakland, Calif., a new study found that if you are African American and encounter a police … Read More
This Study Found Race Matters in Police Shootings, but the Results May Surprise You By Tom Jackman April 27, 2016 The conventional thinking about police-involved shootings, and some scientific research, has been that black suspects are more likely to be shot than white suspects because of an implicit racial bias among police officers. But now a new study has found exactly … Read More
Across The Thin Blue Line: Police Officers and Racial Bias in the Decision to Shoot. Correll JI, Park B, Judd CM, Wittenbrink B, Sadler MS, Keesee T. 1Department of Psychology University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA. email@example.com Abstract Police officers were compared with community members in terms of the speed and accuracy with which they made simulated decisions to … Read More
Summary: What You Will Find In This Report By Chuck Wexler Over the past year, the policing profession has been shaken by controversies over the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, and many others. I don’t know anyone who would dispute that the reputation of American policing has suffered from these incidents. At times, … Read More
WHAT THE DATA REALLY SAYS ABOUT POLICE AND RACIAL BIAS Eighteen academic studies, legal rulings, and media investigations shed light on the issue roiling America. From VANITY FAIR July 14, 2016 by Kia Makarechi As the nation reels from a series of high-profile fatal shootings of black men by police officers, many have decried the lack of readily available data on … Read More
REPORT SUMMARY Investigation reveals a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct within the Ferguson Police Department that violates the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and federal statutory law. Notwithstanding our findings about Ferguson’s approach to law enforcement and the policing culture it creates, we found many Ferguson police officers and other City employees to be … Read More
Read the Summary of Findings from the 162 page report issued August 10, 2016 by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. The report documented extensive racial-based policing practices and impact validating claims and expectations of the African American community but angering the police community and others as being unduly inflammatory stoking hostile reactions against the police. See the full … Read More
The report presents 30 Guiding Principles on Use of Force that are designed to provide officers with guidance and options, and to reduce unnecessary uses of force in situations that do not involve suspects armed with firearms. . . . Hundreds of police professionals at all ranks, as well as mental health officials and other experts, contributed to this project.
Use of Force – Guidelines for Implementation of the U.N. Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. 2016. Amnesty International. From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to the favelas of Brazil, the police use of force and firearms makes global headlines when it turns fatal. In countless other cases, including in response to demonstrations, … Read More
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