As CA Attorney General launches implicit bias training, a look behind the science

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AirTalk: KPCC (Southern California Public Radio)

Attorney General Kamala Harris on Friday released the results of an internal California Department of Justice review looking at implicit bias and use of force in its special agent training programs.

She also announced the development of an implicit bias training program for law enforcement in the state, the first program in the country.

The concept of implicit bias – defined as unconscious attitudes or stereotypes that we’ve internalized that affect the way we act – has been gaining social and cultural traction after a series of police killings of unarmed black men.

But the debate over the theory is far from over. In this segment, we look at the competing science behind it.

Executive Director, Sharon Davies, is a guest on the program.

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