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Newswise: New study shows which neighborhoods police spend most time patrolling
Released: 24-Oct-2023 12:05 AM EDT
New study shows which neighborhoods police spend most time patrolling
Indiana University

Using anonymized smartphone data from nearly 10,000 police officers in 21 large U.S. cities, research from Indiana University finds officers on patrol spend more time in non-white neighborhoods.

Released: 24-Jul-2023 1:40 PM EDT
White Police Membership in Republican Party Associated with Racial Bias, Study Finds
American Sociological Association (ASA)

In the last 10 years, police organizations have displayed unprecedented support for Republican presidential candidates and have organized against social movements focused on addressing racial disparities in police contact.

Released: 30-Jun-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Find the latest expert commentary on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions here

Newswise offers a roundup of the latest expert commentary on the recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Released: 16-May-2023 2:15 PM EDT
Discrimination, Crime and Suicidal Thoughts Associated With Greater Odds of Firearm Ownership Among Black Adults
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Black adults – particularly Black women – with higher levels of education and experiences of discrimination and crime are more likely to own a firearm, according to a study by the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center at Rutgers.

Released: 12-May-2023 3:30 PM EDT
Immigration Nation: Research and Experts

Title 42, the United States pandemic rule that had been used to immediately deport hundreds of thousands of migrants who crossed the border illegally over the last three years, has expired. Those migrants will have the opportunity to apply for asylum. President Biden's new rules to replace Title 42 are facing legal challenges. Border crossings have already risen sharply, as many migrants attempt to cross before the measure expires on Thursday night. Some have said they worry about tighter controls and uncertainty ahead. Immigration is once again a major focus of the media as we examine the humanitarian, political, and public health issues migrants must go through.

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Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins

Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

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3-Apr-2023 3:00 PM EDT
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Newswise Expert Queries

I have to write an article on the use of mugshots by police departments. I'm looking for criminal justice experts to answer a few quick questions. Q: What is the purpose of taking a mugshot? Q: How are mugshots utilized in investigations and prosecutions? Q: Are there standard techniques or practices for taking mugshots? Q: Should mugshots be released to the media and public?

Newswise: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Policing: Following the Public Impact
Released: 21-Mar-2023 12:25 PM EDT
The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Policing: Following the Public Impact
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

UNLV law professor Frank Rudy Cooper on the psychological impact of repeated exposure to videos of violent and deadly police encounters that increasingly circulate online; the role that slavery and societal norms surrounding masculinity play into them; and police reforms that might be in the works.

Released: 6-Mar-2023 5:05 AM EST
Diversity Training for Police Officers: One-and-Done Efforts Aren't Enough
Association for Psychological Science

New research explores the reasons for, and antidotes to, persistent racial disparities in policing, despite police departments’ repeated investments in bias-training programs.

Newswise: UC San Diego Expert on Violence Assesses Police Brutality and Mass Shootings in America
Released: 23-Feb-2023 2:15 PM EST
UC San Diego Expert on Violence Assesses Police Brutality and Mass Shootings in America
University of California San Diego

Tage Rai is a psychologist and assistant professor of management at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management who studies ethics and violence. He co-authored the book "Virtuous Violence" outlining research which finds that most acts of violence are driven by moral motives on the part of perpetrators. That is, perpetrators believe they are doing the right thing when they hurt and kill their victims. In this Q&A, Rai, who teaches negotiation at the Rady School, addresses dual crises impacting America—police brutality and gun violence—and what can be done to prevent them.

Released: 3-Feb-2023 6:10 PM EST
Commonly used police diversity training unlikely to change officers’ behavior, study finds
Washington University in St. Louis

New research from Washington University in St. Louis suggests that the day-long implicit bias-oriented training programs now common in most U.S. police departments are unlikely to reduce racial inequity in policing.

Newswise: Wrongful conviction course now required for all police recruits in Illinois
Released: 1-Feb-2023 10:05 AM EST
Wrongful conviction course now required for all police recruits in Illinois
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Police Training Institute director Michael Schlosser worked with colleagues at the Illinois Innocence Project to develop a Wrongful Conviction Awareness and Avoidance course that is now required training for police recruits across the state of Illinois.

Released: 31-Jan-2023 3:15 PM EST
URI professor: Media literacy is an important tool in training police officers
University of Rhode Island

KINGSTON, R.I. – Jan. 31, 2023 – The horrific death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis, Tennessee, police officers has again spurred calls for reform in police training. One tool in that training should be media literacy, says Renee Hobbs, professor of communication studies in the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media and an internationally-recognized authority on media literacy education.

Released: 5-Dec-2022 4:05 PM EST
We ain't misbehavin' here. The latest news in Behavioral Science on Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Behavioral Science channel on Newswise, a free source for journalists.

16-Oct-2022 7:05 AM EDT
Independent Panel Report into Fans’ Experiences at the 2022 European Champions League Final
Queen's University Belfast

An independent panel report, based on the written testimonies of 485 women, men and children, and eyewitness accounts by international journalists, tells the story of those who survived extreme violence at the hands of the police and local gangs before and after the European Champions League Final in Paris, May 2022. Compiled by five leading authorities in their respective fields, including author of the ground-breaking report into the Hillsborough disaster, Professor Emeritus Phil Scraton from the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast, the report, “Treated with Contempt": An Independent Panel Report into Fans' Experiences Before, During and After the 2022 Champions League Final in Paris, details survivors’ written evidence submitted in the days after the event.

Released: 27-Sep-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Fatal Police Shootings in the United States Are Higher and Training Is More Limited Than Other Nations
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Police in the U.S. deal with more diverse, distressed and aggrieved populations and are involved in more incidents involving firearms, but they average only five months of classroom training—the briefest among 18 countries examined in a Rutgers study.

Released: 22-Jul-2022 3:25 PM EDT
Evidence that asylum seekers are facing human rights violations in Croatia is now incontestable, says new study
University of Nottingham

Every week, hundreds of asylum seekers are facing extreme forms of police brutality, as well as being forcibly expelled from the EU without having their asylum claims processed by Croatian authorities, new independent research has found.

Released: 11-Jul-2022 10:25 AM EDT
Support for Traffic Cameras Increases if Used as a Tool to Limit Interactions With Police
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

To increase public support for automated traffic safety cameras, regulators should emphasize the technology’s ability to limit racially divisive interactions with the police, according to a Rutgers study published in the journal Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

Released: 8-Jun-2022 4:20 PM EDT
A new study shows benefits to dispatching mental health specialists in nonviolent 911 emergencies
Stanford University

As U.S. cities rethink the role of law enforcement in nonviolent 911 emergencies, new Stanford research uncovers the strongest evidence yet that dispatching mental health professionals instead of police officers in some instances can have significant benefits.

Released: 2-Jun-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Controversial police bills of rights don’t lead to more civilian fatalities
Cornell University

Law enforcement officers’ bills of rights, known as LEOBRs, don’t result in an increase in police-related fatalities, according to new research from Cornell University professor Jamein Cunningham.

Released: 26-May-2022 3:30 PM EDT
Video does not accurately portray the risk of secondhand exposure to fentanyl

A video posted on the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) does not accurately portray the risk of secondhand exposure to fentanyl, according to emergency medicine physician.

18-May-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Denial of structural racism linked to anti-Black prejudice
American Psychological Association (APA)

People who deny the existence of structural racism are more likely to exhibit anti-Black prejudice and less likely to show racial empathy or openness to diversity, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Released: 20-May-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Trust in the police?
Goethe University Frankfurt

The murder of African-American George Floyd in May 2020 led to worldwide protests against police violence. Not least because of these developments, in Europe, too, the relationship between the police and ethnic minorities has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past.

Released: 16-May-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Departmental policies key to police officers’ decisions to activate body-worn cameras
Crime and Justice Research Alliance

Body-worn cameras (BWCs) have become increasingly common in U.S. police departments, but we know little about their use in the field, including the factors related to whether and why police activate them.

Newswise: Black Lives Matter protests shift public discourse, IU research finds
Released: 1-Apr-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Black Lives Matter protests shift public discourse, IU research finds
Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Black Lives Matter protests not only brought public attention to incidents of police brutality, such as the killing of George Floyd in 2020, but they also have shifted public discourse and increased interest in anti-racist ideas, according to research led by Indiana University researchers. Their paper, "Black Lives Matter protests shift public discourse," shows that the protests have created sustained interest beyond the singular events -- including broader issues such as systemic racism, redlining, criminal justice reform and white supremacy -- and have had a lasting impact on the way people think and talk about racism.

Released: 25-Mar-2022 11:40 AM EDT
Legal language affects how police officers are judged
Cornell University

Research by social psychology doctoral student Mikaela Spruill and her adviser, Neil Lewis Jr., assistant professor of communication, revealed that referring to police using the legal phrase “objectively reasonable” puts the officer in a more favorable light, regardless of race.

Newswise:Video Embedded traffic-stops-and-race-police-conduct-may-bend-to-local-biases
Released: 23-Mar-2022 1:55 PM EDT
Traffic Stops and Race: Police Conduct May Bend to Local Biases
Association for Psychological Science

When it comes to police traffic stops, the context in which police officers operate is important. New research covering tens of millions of U.S. traffic stops found that Black drivers were more likely than White drivers to be stopped by police in regions with a more racially biased White population.

Released: 7-Mar-2022 12:50 PM EST
How Black Lives Matter protests sparked interest, can lead to change
University of Washington

A new study by the University of Washington and Indiana University finds that the growing use of anti-racist terms shows how Black Lives Matter has shifted the conversation around racism, raising awareness of issues and laying the foundation for social change.

Released: 3-Mar-2022 8:05 AM EST
Public’s Response to Police Presence Heavily Tied to Race, Studies Show
University at Albany, State University of New York

How people respond to police presence is heavily tied to race and racially-charged events, according to two recent studies out of the University at Albany’s School of Criminal Justice.

Newswise: In 30 cases of police killing unarmed Black people, team found few words of healing in news conferences, releases
Released: 2-Dec-2021 1:00 PM EST
In 30 cases of police killing unarmed Black people, team found few words of healing in news conferences, releases
Arizona State University (ASU)

A new research study by an Arizona State University criminology professor finds that empathy is rarely expressed by criminal justice officials in the aftermath of police killings of unarmed African Americans, potentially missing an opportunity to ease tensions.

Released: 22-Nov-2021 2:20 PM EST
Do Protests Matter?
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Recent protests in the U.S. over police brutality have attracted much global attention, but scholars have come to mixed conclusions about if protest alone can bring about policy change. A study from the December 2021 issue of American Sociological Review seeks to answer whether protest can bring about desired outcomes.

Released: 16-Nov-2021 1:05 PM EST
Community Resources are Imperative for Young Sexual Minority Men with Stressful Police Exposures
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

More gay, bisexual, and transgender men, also known as sexual minority Black men, are victims of policing stop-and-frisk policies than their Hispanic and white counterparts, according to a new Rutgers study.

Released: 7-Sep-2021 4:30 PM EDT
Study Shows Contact with Police May Be Detrimental to Health, Well-Being of Black Youth
Johns Hopkins Medicine

According to a Johns Hopkins Medicine study published today in JAMA Pediatrics, exposure to police — even in instances in which the officers are providing assistance — may be detrimental to the health and well-being of Black youth, especially males, and can be associated with poor mental health, substance use, risky sexual behaviors and impaired safety.

Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Released: 12-Jul-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Officers' Tone of Voice Reflects Racial Disparities in Policing
American Psychological Association (APA)

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought increasing attention to disparities in how police officers treat Black and white Americans. Now, research published by the American Psychological Association finds that disparity may exist even in subtle differences in officers’ tone of voice when they address Black and white drivers during routine traffic stops.

Released: 9-Jul-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Study Model Explores Impact of Police Action on Population Health
University of Washington

The authors of a new UW-led study write that because law enforcement directly interacts with a large number of people, “policing may be a conspicuous yet not-well understood driver of population health.”

Released: 11-Jun-2021 2:40 PM EDT
FSU Experts Available to Discuss Juneteenth 2021
Florida State University

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: June 11, 2021 | 2:29 pm | SHARE: In the past year, high-profile incidents of police brutality, protests and mass marches have broadened the national dialogue on race and raised the profile of Juneteenth, a holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to announce that the Civil War had ended, and all enslaved people were to be freed.

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