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The culture of policing and anti-Black bias

An image taken from a video shows Memphis police officers talking after a brutal attack on Tyre Nichols.
City of Memphis via AP
The image from video released on Jan. 27, 2023, by the City of Memphis, shows police officers talking after a brutal attack on Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers on Jan. 7, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. Nichols died on Jan. 10. The five officers have since been fired and charged with second-degree murder and other offenses.

Another African American man has died as a result of a police beating. The death of Tyre Nichols last month in Memphis took on an added dimension when it was revealed that the officers involved were African American.

Research shows that anti-Black bias in police culture extends even to Black officers. We’ll look at the pervasiveness of anti-Black bias and the role of special police units.


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