Study: Dallas Police Don’t Target Minorities, Social Media Distorts Perception

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A new study debunks the belief that white Dallas police officers use force against blacks and Hispanics disproportionately.

The study was done by researchers at U-T Dallas, the U-T School of Public Health and the University of South Florida, and was based on more than 5,600 reports filed by Dallas police during a two year period.

University of Texas at Dallas’ Alex Piquero says when researchers took into consideration the factors in each incident, the majority of the race, ethnic differences from officer and citizen disappears.

“On average the popular perception that Dallas police are targeting minorities, doesn’t hold up in the data that we have for that two year period,” Piquero says.

He says much of the misinformation about police comes from social media.

“We see these images on cell phones cameras documenting horrible events. But they don’t always represent…

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