“Police officer shot” is becoming an all-too-familiar and tragic headline these days. The lenses of psychological science and practice can help unravel the mutual mistrust and skepticism that have led to these attacks.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Erlanger “Earl” Turner, professor of psychology at University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), presented at an American Psychological Association (APA) congressional briefing on police-community relations.
Turner’s presentation focused on the psychological impacts of policing on communities of color, specifically on the use of force and stop and frisk on African American and Latino communities. He also discussed differences in perceptions of police among whites versus blacks.
The APA took this opportunity to highlight psychology’s contributions in the area of implicit bias, police-community relations and related training and to discuss legislative ideas and offer solutions.
The briefing was co-sponsored by congressional members: Doug Collins (GA), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Robin Kelly (IL) and Bobby Scott (VA).