Anthony Braga and Rod Brunson
The Police and Public Discourse on “Black-on-Black” Violence

New Perspectives in Policing series 

In a new report released today by Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety (2008-2014) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the authors explain how news media coverage sometimes distorts racial issues, and present a more somber analysis of black-on-black violence when measured as a homicide problem.

In The Police and Public Discourse on “Black-on-Black” Violence, Anthony Braga and Rod Brunson also addressed how misconceptions of black-on-black violence coupled with over- and/or under-policing of black neighborhoods can further erode citizen confidence in the police. In this report the authors argue that careful analysis can lead to clarity in describing urban violence patterns, and can thus improve police-minority community relations in at least two important ways... MORE