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Justice Department training police chiefs on bias and officer behavior
Justice Department training police chiefs on bias and officer behavior

While the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has been investigating the shooting of Michael Brown and the practices of the Ferguson Police Department, a different agency at Justice has been providing training to local police and assessing their response to demonstrations. The office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) recently held a two-day training session for top police commanders on how bias can affect officers’ behavior. It has sent police chiefs with experience in similar situations to Ferguson to help city and county law enforcement officials. But much of the federal help has just gotten underway, and some of those involved are concerned there has...

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