Now, one of the first studies of its kind — published Thursday in the journal Science — finds that deploying officers of color as well as female officers could reduce shootings and improve how police treat Black residents. … Co-author Bocar Ba, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, said the data did not enable the researchers to attribute to bias the differences in police behavior. Racial bias could be a factor but further study with additional data is needed to fully explain the differences.

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