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Racial Bias Contributes to Killings of Off-Duty Police Officers

June 18, 2010

In a study led by Harvard’s Kennedy School, researchers found that racial bias contributed to the deaths of off-duty police officers:

“We found that all nine of the off-duty police officers killed by other police officers in ‘mistaken-identity’ shootings since 1982 nationwide were officers of color,” said Stone, Daniel and Florence Guggenheim professor of the practice of criminal justice, director and faculty chair of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management. “No white police officer has been killed in such a police-on-police shooting in the United States since 1982.”

The full study has been made available on-line, as well as an executive summary version.


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