Category Archives: Implicit Bias

Center for Policing Equity Statement on the Fatal Shooting of Stephan Clark

Lauren E. Williams

Center for Policing Equity Statement on the Fatal Shooting of Stephan Clark

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, released the following statement about the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Stephan Clark:

“Yet another young Black man with a bright future lost his life on Sunday at the hands of a police officer.

“Details are still being released, but one thing is clear – the community demands and should have answers. As the good people of the Sacramento Police Department already know, relationships in the criminal justice system are built by trust in it, not fear of it.

“I send my condolences to the family of Stephan Clark and pray for healing and more dialogue. These ugly incidents did not go away just because the nation stopped paying attention to them. And they will not go away in the dark.

“As many in the nation stand up to end gun violence and sexual harassment, so too must we do the hard work of democracy in the area of policing. Leaders in policing and communities must keep the lights shining on the work we have left to do in order to ensure that public safety serves the public safely.”


The presidency minus personal responsibility

A study released last month from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality found that black girls as young as age 5 are viewed as more knowledgeable about sex than their White peers, less innocent, and less in need of protection. Black boys have until the age of 10 before they lose the assumption of childhood innocence. A 2014 study led by Prof. Phillip Atiba Goff, now of John Jay College, found that black boys are perceived to be roughly 4.5 years older than they actually are. That means that by 13, they’re assigned the same culpability as a legal adult. Read More

The Wrong Side of History

Phillip Atiba Goff, a psychologist, is the co-founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity, a New York-based law enforcement think tank. Goff agrees that it helps some law enforcement trainees to be a bit removed from a historical example like the Holocaust, because they don’t see themselves as complicit. The risk is officers might not directly connect the lesson to what they are doing every day—or to the society they live in. Read more here.

Policing in black & white

“Do you believe police are implicitly biased against black people?” When NBC newsman Lester Holt asked Hillary Clinton this question in the first presidential debate, it was a sure sign the science of implicit bias had jumped from the psychology journals into the public consciousness—and that racial bias in law enforcement has entered the national dialogue. Read more here.

CPE, Austin Police Department Release New Research on Racial Disparities in Austin

(AUSTIN, TX) — Today at a press conference at the Austin Police Department headquarters, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo joined Center for Policing Equity (CPE) President and Cofounder Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff and Director of Law Enforcement Engagement Chief Chris Burbank to release the findings of, “The Science of Policing Equity: Measuring Fairness in the Austin Police Department”, a new report analyzing racial disparities in the Austin Police Department.

Read more here.

CPE Study Supports Suspicion That Police Use of Force Is More Likely on Blacks

The vast majority of interactions between police officers and civilians end routinely, with no one injured, no one aggrieved and no one making the headlines. But when force is used, a new study from the Center for Policing Equity has found, the race of the person being stopped by officers is significant. Read the full article on the New York Times. 

Oscars’ lack of diversity contributes to wider racial bias, experts say

The lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees has prompted a barrage of criticism, and it’s an issue that affects not only the film industry, but society as a whole, experts say.

“People who care about racial and gender justice really should care a lot about the [Oscar] nomination process and what’s valued in Hollywood,” said Phillip Atiba Goff, an associate professor of social psychology at UCLA specializing in race issues. Read on here.

Why race and culture matter in the c-suite.

It was a dream job, the type of assignment that could make or break the career of an ambitious executive with an eye toward the top. “It was my first big promotion,” says Bernard J. Tyson, the 57-year-old CEO of Kaiser Permanente, a health care company with nearly $60 billion in annual revenue. The year was 1992, and Tyson, then in his early thirties, had been named administrator of one of Kaiser’s newest hospitals, in Santa Rosa, Calif.  “Everyone knew this was the hospital to lead,” he says. Read more here.