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Lessons from The Ferguson Case

Police Badge, 10825410_sThe tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 illustrate clearly how belief shapes people’s judgments and reactions. The initial report contained little more than the fact that a white police officer had shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black high school graduate soon to enter college. But for many people that was enough information to reach a firm, in some cases irreversible judgment:

People who believe that most police are racist leaped to the conclusion that the policeman, Darren Wilson, had no reason other than racism to shoot Michael Brown and that the failure of officials to immediately arrest Wilson and charge him with murder proved that they were also racist.… Read More