Questionable Psychological Science Won’t Change Police

Police officers watch as demonstrators march against the death of George Floyd in New York City, June 5, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
The Implicit Association Test is unreliable and has little value for training.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S oon after the 2014 police-shooting death of Michael Brown Jr., in Ferguson, Mo., regarded as racially motivated by many, the U.S. Department of Justice sponsored a two-day training in implicit bias for police in the St. Louis area. The short-term goal of the training was sold as helping officers become aware of their unconscious racial prejudices. This training would, presumably, curtail discriminatory use of force and, ultimately improve public trust in the police.

The federal government and private foundations have since disbursed millions of dollars to train local police departments. And after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the mayors of Los Angeles, Milwaukee,

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