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“Death by Legal Intervention” by the Numbers

This is part of our ongoing series of blog posts about race, racism and law enforcement in communities of color. By Suzanne Lea, PhD (Fellow, Interactivity Foundation, and Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County) News of a citizen being killed or assaulted by police, or a citizen who dies in police custody, seems to be nearly a daily occurrence today. How many such incidents actually occur in the country each year? You […]

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In Case You Missed It – April 10, 2015

In Case You Missed It

Welcome to In Case You Missed It, a weekly roundup of news articles related to issues of psychology, health and mental health, social justice and the public interest that you may be interested in. We collate these articles from multiple news and commentary websites. Make sure to also check out these APA publications: Monitor on Psychology – our monthly magazine APA Access – our monthly member newsletter and In the Public […]

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Justice for All… Experiences of Undocumented Youth with Law Enforcement

This is part of our ongoing series of blog posts about race, racism and law enforcement in communities of color. By J. Manuel Casas, PhD (Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara) If I were to ask you in this post-Ferguson era which groups are affected by racial injustice in law enforcement, would undocumented immigrants be the first group that comes to mind? Many of us are familiar with the violence […]

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Black (Women’s?) Lives Matter: Microaggression and the Erasure of Violence Against Women of Color

Young black women protesters

This is part of our ongoing series of blog posts about race, racism and law enforcement in communities of color. By LisaLyn Jacobs, JD (Vice President for Government Relations, Legal Momentum) On a recent December Saturday, I hurried from the Metro train with my 6 year-old son trailing behind. We were joining friends and colleagues at the Justice for All March in Washington, DC.   We had endured a dismal series of weeks in […]

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Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies

Hands of different colors behind bars

This is part of our ongoing series of blog posts about race, racism and law enforcement in communities of color. By Nazgol Ghandnoosh, PhD (Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project) “When you think about people who break into homes and businesses, approximately what percent would you say are black?” White Americans who responded to this survey question in 2010 overestimated the actual share of burglaries committed by African Americans by 27%. They similarly overestimated […]

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Race, Racism and Law Enforcement in Communities of Color: A Call to Action

Handcuffs on top of the American flag

By Gwendolyn P. Keita, PhD (Executive Director, APA Public Interest Directorate)  The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, at the hands of a police officer has led to outrage and continuing civil unrest in Ferguson, MO. These events are emblematic of the fraught and often problematic interactions that communities of color have with law enforcement including, but not limited to, racial profiling, harassment and police brutality. It […]

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