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Feds Launch Policing Bias Initiative

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Holder said Tuesday. The Justice Department in April announced that it was soliciting bids for a racial bias project that would collect data on stops, searches and arrests. On Thursday, the department will announce that it will provide $4.75 million in grants to a team of researchers from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Yale University, UCLA and the Urban Institute. "It represents, I think, an attempt for this administration to partner with researchers who are tired of tragedy being followed by embarrassment," said Phillip Atiba Goff, a researcher who teaches at UCLA and specializes in racial discrimination and bias. Read full interview here. 

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