'Racist Police Officer' Stereotype may become a self-fulfilling prophecy

July 15, 2019

Belief in the "racist police officer" stereotype may become a self-fulfilling prophecy for law enforcement officers and lead to increased support for forceful or threatening policing tactics, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

"Officers who were highly concerned about appearing racist reported lower confidence in their moral authority, and that led to them reporting more support for using coercive policing while on the job," said Phillip Atiba Goff, Ph.D., of the Center for Policing Equity and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is co-author of the study published in Law and Human Behavior. "Interestingly, both white and non-white officers were equally likely to be concerned about appearing racist. The potential negative influence of stereotype threats such as the 'racist police officer/ should be a concern to all officers and communities."

 

Read the full article by American Psychological Association at Phys.org