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Oakland Police, Stopping and Handcuffing Disproportionate Numbers of Blacks, Work To Restore Trust

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 …

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This Study Found Race Matters in Police Shootings, but the Results May Surprise You

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 …

Across The Thin Blue Line: Police Officers and Racial Bias in the Decision to Shoot.

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. jcorrell@uchicago.edu Abstract Police officers were compared with community members in terms of the speed and accuracy with which they made simulated decisions to …

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Re-Engineering Training on Police Use of Force. Police Executive Research Forum, 2015.

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, …

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18 STUDIES: DATA ABOUT POLICE AND RACIAL BIAS

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 …

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DOJ Civil Rights Division Investigation of the Ferguson Police Dept.

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 …

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Key Findings of DOJ Report on Baltimore Police

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 …

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Boston Police Union Challenges Body Camera Program

The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association brought a court action against Boston’s police commissioner William Evans over his order to 100 officers wear body cameras as a pilot program. The Commissioner’s order came after his call for volunteers received no takers. The union sought to halt the program until a new agreement can be negotiated. Union President Patrick Rose testified that …

Use of Force – Guidelines for Implementation of the U.N. Basic Principles on the Use of Force & Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. 2016. Amnesty International.

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, …

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Baltimore: Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department. DOJ Civil Rights Division, 2016

   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Today, we announce the outcome of the Department of Justice’s investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD). 1 After engaging in a thorough investigation, initiated at the request of the City of Baltimore and BPD, the Department of Justice concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe that BPD engages in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates …

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Report: The Science of Justice – Race, Arrests, and Police Use of Force – Center for Policing Equity

Analyses of 12 law enforcement departments from geographically and demographically diverse locations revealed that racial disparities in police use of force persist even when controlling for racial distribution of local arrest rates.  – Center for Policing Equity Executive Summary Despite the importance of understanding how race intersects with police use of force, little research has used police administrative data to …