Minn. police chiefs hear about implicit bias in policing

Phillip Atiba Goff
Phillip Atiba Goff, a psychology professor and visiting Harvard scholar, studies discrimination and the criminal justice system. He's shown here speaking about implicit bias and racial disparities in policing in a talk to the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association at the organization's 2016 Executive Training Institute in St. Cloud, Minn., April 18, 2016.
Courtsey of Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association

Psychologist Phillip Atiba Goff told the Minnesota chiefs of police that bigotry is alive and well, but that isn't the whole story. He says racism in police work is about actions and behavior, not motives or character. He offered an examination of what's called "implicit bias."

Goff is a psychology professor, visiting scholar at Harvard, and founder of the Center for Policing Equity. He spoke April 18, 2016 at the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Executive Training Institute in St. Cloud, Minn.

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