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Study Shows Dallas Officers Do Not Use Force More Often on Minorities

May 19, 2017  | 

Dallas police officers do not disproportionately use force against minorities, contrary to common public perceptions, a new study has found.

When circumstances such as drug or alcohol use and the officer's tenure are taken into account, differences in use of force between races fade away, according to peer-reviewed findings published in the American Journal of Public Health this week.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas School of Public Health and the University of South Florida analyzed 5,630 use of-force-reports filed by Dallas police officers in 2014 and 2015 to see whether the data support a common assumption that white officers target minorities.

"We now know that the differences that a lot of people think exist because of these horrific events that we see on TV, video footage, that's not the norm," Alex Piquero, a University of Texas at Dallas criminology professor who was on the research team, told the Dallas Morning News.

Dallas police responded to about 1.2 million calls in 2014 and 2015. The majority of those calls didn't result in use of force.

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Mark @ 5/19/2017 8:22 PM

Proud to see where I got my Criminology degree was part of this study that tells the truth. So will the "party of science" and all the other liberals out there that claim to follow science accept this study that goes against their beliefs?

This study needs to be reported everywhere. But we know it won't be because it goes against the liberal narrative. I hope Black Lives Matter, their supporters, liberals, and other cop haters choke on this study!

Frank @ 5/20/2017 6:14 AM

Damn sure won't ever hear about this study on the nightly news...

kevcopaz @ 5/20/2017 6:32 AM

There should be 9if there was I missed it) a DOJ (recent) study that looks into this nation wide. I would think that we would see the same result. This is how you answer the BLM/ACLU types by legit studies and stats. BLM will ignore and continue anti-cop hate Im sure but those "less informed" "progressives" that support BLM (without any real thinking) may actually reconsider their support once they see the facts in their faces.

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