How to Avoid Being Stopped by a Cop: Think Like One

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What happens to people who live or work in communities that are targets of aggressive policing strategies? According to a study published this month in Law & Society Review, they develop a kind of street intelligence about law enforcement behavior that makes them think like cops in order to avoid arousing officer interest—and at the same time undermines the sense of community.

Such “copwise” wisdom has become a feature of many poor neighborhoods of color across America, as a . . .

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