Cops act badly. The public loses confidence in cops. Cops behave worse. The public’s trust in cops drops to an all-time low. It’s a dangerous, vicious cycle.
With the recent surge in media coverage of unarmed black men being gunned down by police officers, America’s faith in police officers is plummeting. And it’s not just the public that’s losing faith: According to a new study in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, this “crisis in police legitimacy” is not only detrimental to the general public, but also to the future of policing as a whole.
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