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Apply ‘broken-windows’ theory to policing, writes McGruder

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Dr. Kevin McGruder

In a column published by The Columbus Dispatch, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History, Dr. Kevin McGruder, writes that the abolition of slavery did not undo the belief system that promoted anti-Black racism. He explains that if police academies and departments can understand and acknowledge this history, they will be able to use this knowledge to apply ‘broken-windows’ policing.

“Helping officers to become aware of the anti-Blackness in their beliefs is a critical beginning. The next task is to make them aware of how anti-Blackness in life-and-death interactions with Black people can result in the misreading of situations, and the deaths of innocent, unarmed people.”

Read “‘Broken windows’ idea could curb police abuse, too” on The Columbus Dispatch website.