The Black Lives Matter movement insists that there are systemic racial biases in law enforcement that lead the police to overwhelmingly victimize blacks. In spite of studies contradicting those notions, this university is suggesting “sensitivity training” for police.
A study by several professors purporting to demonstrate racial disparities in police use of force is prompting suggestions that police should undergo sensitivity and bias training.
A team of academics, including professors from the University of California, Berkeley and New York University, helped conduct the study released last week by the Center for Policing Equity (CPE), which analyzed data from 12 police department across the U.S. with different racial and ethnic demographics and rates of crime.
Of the 19,269 incidents reported by the departments between 2010 and 2015, the study found that officers are 2.5 times more likely to use force on black residents compared to the average civilian, and 3.6 times more likely to use force on blacks than on white residents.
Notably, though, Berkeley Police Review Commission chairman George Perezvelez told The Daily Californian that use of force is defined rather broadly as “the involvement of physical restraint from a member of law enforcement to gain control of an unruly person or situation,” and can range from straightforward arrests to discharging a firearm.
And while the data reviewed for the CPE study appear to contradict the claim that higher rates of crime cause observed racial disparities, the authors caution against “overgeneralizing” their findings, “because of the relatively small number of departments and because we do not know very much about what residents did during the interactions that turned forceful.”
Still, the results indicate that racial disparities cannot be explained solely by differences in crime rates, leading Perezvelez to opine that departments should focus on sensitivity training, bias training, and community outreach to reduce policing bias, as well as emphasize to officers their “obligation” to fill out use of force reports for every incident, regardless of severity…
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