New CPE Study Finds That Racial Disparities in Police Use of Force are not Linked to Crime in Some Departments

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2016

Natalie Stuppard

New Study Finds That Racial Disparities in Police Use of Force are not Linked to Crime in Some Departments
Blacks still more likely than whites to be targeted by force in the departments studied

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 8, 2016) — On July 7th and 8th, 2016, police chiefs, elected officials, researchers, and oversight practitioners met at the Department of Justice in Washington DC for a conversation about race and policing in the United States.

As part of this convening, researchers presented a report of preliminary findings comparing patterns of stops and the use of force across twelve departments participating in CPE’s National Justice Database project. You can download a copy of this “comparative report” here.

CPE also provided a second report to police chiefs demonstrating the promise of the National Justice Database in its utility to each participating city. This report provides a sample of analyses that can be conducted based on data provided as part of the National Justice Database; results presented are based on a mix of de-identified data provided by participating cities, and, in a few cases as noted, on hypothetical “dummy data”. You can download a copy of this sample “city report” here.

CPE President and Co-Founder Phillip Atiba Goff, Ph.D., co-authored the study with Tracey Lloyd, Ph.D., Research Associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute; Amanda Geller, Ph.D., Director of the M.A. Program in Applied Quantitative Research at New York University; and Steven Raphael, Ph.D. and Jack Glaser, Ph.D., Professors of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley.  Goff is the Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Created in 2008 by a collaborative effort of then-Denver Police Department Commander Dr. Tracie L. Keesee and Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, the Center for Policing Equity is a research and action think tank that works collaboratively with law enforcement, communities, and political stakeholders to identify ways to strengthen relationships with the communities they serve. Using evidence-based approaches to social justice, we use data to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change.