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An impression formation framework on police prejudice: an overview of experiments on perceptual bias in police-citizen interaction

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Police officers assess black citizens more negatively than white citizens. An overview of studies is reported examining the impact of race, beliefs and nonverbal behaviors on police officers' impression formation, in particular on the impression of being suspect. Analyses reveal that black nonverbal behavior is the strongest predictor of a negative assessment of black subjects, followed by dissimilar beliefs. Black skin color results in a positive effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalPolice Studies: International Review of Police Development
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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