Category Archives: Racial Profiling

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.

A Tale of Six Cities

As we enter 2017, it’s impossible to forget the lives lost in the black community, as well as the law enforcement community. According to the The Washington Post, 233 African-Americans were killed by police in 2016; however, it should be dually noted that law enforcement officers also were killed in the line of duty by gunfire. Recent events are forcing law enforcement managers and community leaders to have hard and necessary conversations regarding race, equality and justice. Read more here.

Report: APD Used Force Against, racially profiled African-Americans More than Any Group

Austin police officers in 2015 stopped African-Americans more and used force against them more frequently than any other ethnic group, a new report shows.

The full annual report was released Tuesday by the Office of the Austin Police Monitor, which accepts and files public complaints as well as internal Austin Police Department complaints against the department’s 1,752 officers. The report shows statistics on the number, type and frequency of complaints filed against APD officers and offers recommendations for improving compliance. Read more here.

Panel on Police Arrest of Black Man Becomes Heated

Another racially charged incident involving police came to light recently when video was released of a 2015 arrest. Lawrence Crosby, a graduate student at Northwestern University and a black man, was tackled to the ground by multiple police officers after a 911 caller suggested he was trying to steal a car. Only thing is, it was Crosby’s car. Crosby is now suing the Evanston, Ill., 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.