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Study examines racial influence in officer involved shootings

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 5, 2019

NAPO is sharing the results of a new study by faculty researchers at the Departments of Psychology at the University of Maryland and Michigan State University about the influence of race in fatal officer involved shootings.

The study examines both the race of the officer and the race of the offender. The authors were looking to evaluate objectively whether racial bias on the part of officers comes into play in the decision to use deadly force.

The authors state: “We find no evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities across shootings, and White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers.”

The demographic characteristics of the jurisdictions being policed, and from which officers are hired, explain far more about differences in the uses of force, wrote NAPO Executive Director Bill Johnson in an email to members. The article is very densely written, but it provides solid academic resources for our NAPO member groups to use in defending their officers, Johnson wrote.

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