Racial Bias ‘Can’t Be Dismissed’ in Police Use of Force

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detain a suspect during a 2009 New Years Eve event. Photo by James Willamore/courtesy Creative Commons: James WIllamor/https://www.flickr.com/photos/bz3rk/

White officers use greater force on black suspects than on white suspects, according to a two-year study of seven police agencies in 7 U.S. cities by researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Central Florida. One of the co-authors cautions it suggests possible bias but “doesn’t prove it . . .

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