Scientists developed a way to measure levels of respect, based on the officers’ language during routine traffic stops in Oakland City.
The study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
It aims to use bodycam footage to help improve police-community relations.
While bodycam footage has been used as evidence in criminal cases – including some where complaints have been made against police – the aim of this study was to turn this continuously gathered footage into data and use that to track and improve everyday policing.
“These routine interactions are important,” said lead scientist Prof Jennifer Eberhardt, “they’re the way most people encounter the police.”
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