Cleveland police will strive for bias-free policing under Justice Department consent decree


Cleveland Plain Dealer

Implicit bias manifests in subconscious assumptions — good or bad — people automatically make about someone based on their race or ethnicity, according to the Kirwan Institute of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. In a law enforcement sense, those biases could lead to racial profiling.

“Those kinds of encounters can be the kind of thing that can erode the relationship between the police force and its citizens,” Dettelbach said.

The Kirwan Institute also says implicit bias is malleable and can be gradually changed through a variety of techniques.

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