It's widely assumed that white police officers are more likely to shoot black suspects as a result of racial bias, but recent research suggests the opposite is true. An innovative study published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology found that participants in realistic simulations felt more threatened by black suspects yet took longer to pull the trigger on black men than on white or Hispanic men.
Yeah, no kidding. You shoot a white guy, all you get is nightmares the rest of your life. You shoot a black guy, you get the same nightmares PLUS you get Al Sharpton and his goon squad ripping your town apart, PLUS you get the personal attention of the entire federal Justice Department who will find or make a way to hang you.
"This behavioral 'counter-bias' might be rooted in people's concerns about the social and legal consequences of shooting a member of a historically oppressed racial or ethnic group," said the paper, which went practically unnoticed when it was published online on May 22, but took on new significance in the wake of a series of high-profile police-involved shootings involving black victims over the summer.