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Police officers speak less respectfully to black residents than to white residents, Stanford researchers find

Stanford researchers have developed a computational tool to analyze language extracted from police body camera footage as data for understanding law enforcement interaction with the community. (Image credit: Ryan Johnson/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Jun 6 2017

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Professors Jennifer Eberhardt and Dan Jurafsky along with other Stanford researchers detected racial disparities in police officers’ speech after analyzing more than 100 hours of body camera footage from Oakland Police.

The first systematic analysis of police body camera footage shows that officers consistently use less respectful language with black community members than with white community members, according to new Stanford research.