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Black police officers aren’t colorblind – they’re infected by the same anti-Black bias as American society and police in general
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Black police officers aren’t colorblind – they’re infected by the same anti-Black bias as American society and police in general

By Rashad Shabazz, Arizona State University Once again, Americans are left reeling from the horror of video footage showing police brutalizing an unarmed Black man who later died. Some details in the latest case of extreme police violence were gut-wrenchingly familiar: a police traffic stop of a Black male motorist turned violent. But, for many of us, other details were unfamiliar: The five police officers accused of using everything from pepper spray to a Taser, a police baton and intermittent kicks and punches against the motorist were also Black. After pulling over 29-year-old Tyre Nichols for what they said was reckless driving, Black officers in the Memphis Police Department’s now disbanded SCORPION unit pepper-sprayed, kicked and beat Nichols, ultimately to death. The...
Rob Bonta Investigates Hospital Algorithms for Racial Bias
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Rob Bonta Investigates Hospital Algorithms for Racial Bias

By Mark Kreidler November 18, 2022 SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Rob Bonta sailed to victory in the Nov. 8 election, riding his progressive record on reproductive rights, gun control, and social justice reform. As he charts a course for his next four years, the 50-year-old Democrat wants to target racial discrimination in health care, including through an investigation of software programs and decision-making tools used by hospitals to treat patients. Bonta, the first Filipino American to serve as the state’s top prosecutor, asked 30 hospital CEOs in August for a list of the commercial software programs their facilities use to support clinical decisions, schedule operating rooms, and guide billing practices. In exchange, he offered them confidentiality. His goal, B...
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Police officers in Michigan caught using pictures of Black men for target practice

A group of Boy Scouts reportedly caught police officers in a Michigan town shooting their weapons at photos of Black men during shooting practice. The men were reportedly seen shooting at the photos while the Boy Scouts were touring a police station. One of the Boy Scouts reportedly took a photo of what appeared to be Black men wearing hoodies that the officers were firing at. The police chief apologized to the community during a city council meeting on Monday. Several people spoke at the meeting and expressed outrage over the training practice. One officer with the department reportedly said the various images of targets are used to confront implicit bias. A city council member said that Black men accounted for less than 10% of the 2,300 images of people officers used for target prac...