Officer language in traffic stops

This article reports a study of officer language used during 981 traffic stops in Oakland, California in 2014. The data were obtained from body-worn cameras and analyzed via computer software/artificial intelligence. Findings were that the officers were well-behaved, but “white residents were 57 percent more likely than black residents to hear a police officer say the most respectful utterances, such as apologies and expressions of gratitude” while “black community members were 61 percent more likely than white residents to hear an officer say the least respectful utterances.”

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