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Evolutionary Psychology and Policing: The Balance Between Aggression and Restraint

Evolutionary Psychology and Policing: The Balance Between Aggression and Restraint

Evolutionary psychology and policing: the balance between aggression and restraint
Lois James


Police professionalism and use of force are critical topics of public interest in the 21st century. Perhaps more than ever in the history of US policing, the public are demanding accountability and visibility of police behavior. Some researchers indicate that this intense microscope of scrutiny has led to decreased legitimacy and public faith in police, going so far as to label it a “legitimacy crisis” (Gest, 2016; James et al., 2016). Following high-profile shootings of unarmed African American men in recent years, starting with Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, public trust in police dropped significantly, equaling the rates observed ...

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