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Fri, Mar 12


March 2021 Speaker Series: Ashley Lugo, PH.D., BCBA-D & Mychal Machado PH.D., BCBA-D

A Behavioral Analysis of Two Strategies to Eliminate Racial Bias in Police Use-of-Force

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March 2021 Speaker Series: Ashley Lugo, PH.D., BCBA-D &  Mychal Machado PH.D., BCBA-D
March 2021 Speaker Series: Ashley Lugo, PH.D., BCBA-D &  Mychal Machado PH.D., BCBA-D

Time & Location

Mar 12, 2021, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM CST


About the event

Abstract: Structural racism is rooted in American social systems that were supposedly designed to promote our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Social systems like policing, for example, are built on a foundation of discriminatory practices designed to disenfranchise Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). One of the most recent visible examples of racially-biased policing is the excessive use-of-force by officers toward BIPOC. In response, advocates, policy makers, and researchers have sought solutions. Police use-of-force reforms such as Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) and Implicit Bias Training (IBT) have become popular and are currently being applied in many police departments across the country. However, evidence supporting the effectiveness of these reform strategies to reduce use-of-force is mixed, and further evaluations are needed to understand why these strategies are purported to be an effective solution. The purpose of the current review is to ignite future empirical evaluations of use-of-force reform. Following a summary of the research conducted to date on BWCs and IBT, we will conclude with a brief discussion of how behavior analysts might improve and foster strategies that are efficacious. Our ultimate goal is to leave the reader with an understanding of where the data have taken us thus far, and how behavior analysts and others can contribute to the reduction and eradication of the discriminatory practices present in policing and other social systems.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to: (1) identify two popular police use-of-force reform strategies; (2) describe at least one limitation of research conducted to date on BWCs and IBT; and (3) describe at least one application of behavior analytic technologies to reduce use-of-force,

either conceptually or experimentally.

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