#62: Social Psychology and the Police

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Killings of unarmed black people by police have worsened historically troubled police-community relations. Until recently, little research existed that might help explain this or improve the situation. Social psychologists have created work that helps us understand why things go wrong in policing, what role race plays, and how we can do better.

Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff is the Thomas Professor of Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity. He's one of the nation’s leading researchers in the field.

Keep up with his work on the National Justice Database here.