Police-Civilian Contacts Dip, Blacks More Likely to Experience Physical Force: Study

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The number of U.S. residents who had some form of encounter with police dropped from 26 percent in 2011 to 21 percent in 2015, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics study. But criminologist Rick Rosenfeld says the data doesn’t necessarily support the so-called “Ferguson Effect” theory that police are withdrawing services in response to anti-cop protests . . .

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