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 … Read More

Report: Black Men, Boys Shot Most By Chicago Police

Chicago: Police shootings declined from more than 100 in 2011 to 44 in 2015. There were 435 police shootings from 2010 through 2015, in which officers killed 92 people and wounded 170 others. The vast majority of those hit were black men or boys. August 27, 2016 CHICAGO (AP) — After threatening to sue, the Chicago Tribune has obtained Police … Read More

FBI Director Comey: History Justifies Cynicism and Distrust from African Americans

FBI Director Comey: History Justifies Cynicism and Distrust from African Americans

In a candid reflection of the history of the relationship between police and the African American community, FBI Director James Comey asks the policing professionals to better understand and address the roots of cynicism and distrust. “We in law enforcement have to see ourselves clearly. We need to understand our history, much of which is not pretty. The truth is … Read More

Report: This Is Not Your Grandparents’ Prejudice: The Implications of the Modern Science of Bias for Police Training – Lorie Fridell

Bias starts with our automatic tendency to categorize individuals. We categorize individuals and objects to make sense of the world, which includes categorizing people we don’t know according to group membership. We then attribute to these individuals the stereotypes associated with their group. This does not require animus; it requires only knowledge of the stereotype. Implicit bias, like explicit bias, … Read More