Racial Disparities in Police Officers’ Tone of Voice can Undermine Trust

July 14, 2021

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U-M Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) faculty associate, organizational studies assistant professor, and lead author of the study Nicholas Camp discusses the notion that racial disparities have hindered “police-community relations,” specifically through an officer’s tone of voice. The U-M study found that officers communicate “friendlier, more respectful” to white men and in a “less positive” tone to Black drivers, ultimately shaping an individual’s perception of trust in law enforcement. The faculty expert further highlights the study and the results of this topic.

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