The State of American Policing: Psychology, Behavior, Problems, and Solutions, 1st Edition

  • David J. Thomas
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  • ISBN-10: 1440860076
  • ISBN-13: 9781440860072
  • DDC: 363.201
  • 232 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released April 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Grounded in research of historical and current events, this text examines police practices and the psychological impact that those practices have on minority communities. Author David J. Thomas, a retired police officer and associate professor of criminal justice, looks at and beyond historical perspectives to address many of today's most controversial issues central to minority communities. Topics covered include the repeated failure to convict officers for fatally shooting unarmed subjects, the rise of heated debates between the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements, the militarization of police agencies, and police response to protests by NFL players. The text also offers insight into the psychology of race, police culture, implicit bias, and the decision to use deadly force. Thomas additionally examines possible solutions to these problems. College students, researchers, academics, and readers interested in politics will find this work informative and thought-provoking.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Forensic Psychology.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
1: History and Oppressive Police Practices against Minorities.
2: Police Culture, Misconduct, and Consent Decrees.
3: The Psychology of Bias and Racism in Policing.
4: Police Decision-Making—Law, Policy, and Psychology.
5: Deadly Force Decision-Making— Law, Policy, and Training.
6: Psychological Mind-Set and Militarization of American Police.
7: Twenty-First-Century Policing, Crime Control, or Quality Assurance.
8: The Future and Recommendations for Change.
9: Closing Commentary: Stop Shouting, Start Listening.
Appendix: Chief’s Letter to Agency Officers Regarding Surveys.
About the Author.