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Do Police Killings of Unarmed Persons Really Have Spillover Effects? Reanalyzing Bor et al. (2018)

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Justin Nix (University of Nebraska Omaha) & M. James Lozada (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)


Researchers reevaluate the claim from Bor et al. (2018) that “police killings of unarmed Black Americans have effects on mental health among Black American adults in the general population.” The Mapping Police Violence data used by the authors misclassified 93 incidents and note that correctly recoding these incidents eliminated the reported statistically significant effect of exposure to police killings of unarmed Black individuals on the mental health of Black Americans in the general population.

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