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By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA National Correspondent 

Black, Latino and Female Officers Use Less Force than Whites

 

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The trends "uncovered in this case study do provide compelling evidence that diversifying police departments is an important part of any comprehensive effort at police reform," stated David Sklansky, a law professor at Stanford University who was not involved in the work.

African American police officers made more than 15 fewer stops, about two fewer arrests on average than their White counterparts , ScienceNews.org found in a new study.

The study revealed that throughout 100 shifts, African American officers used force 0.1 fewer times.

The numbers correspond to a 29 percent reduction in stops, 21 percent reduction in arrests, and 32 percent reduction in force among Black officers than the average enforcement rates among their White peers.

"When I got the paper, I literally at one point said, 'hot damn,'" says Phillip Goff, a behavioral scientist at Yale...



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