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July 28, 2020

Charles Crabtree Points to Gender Bias in the Prosecution of Police Assault

Senior Data Scientist Charles Crabtree has published a research article in the PLOS One peer-reviewed journal that points to gender bias in the prosecution of police assault.

Any systematic bias in treating complaints of police assault or misconduct is problematic for the exercise of equality under the law. This is especially relevant now, as revelations of police brutality in the United States have sparked widespread protests and broad debate regarding what is appropriate violence.

In “Gender Differences in the Prosecution of Police Assault: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Sweden,” Crabtree and co-author Kristine Eck of Uppsala University found that women prosecutors were 16 percentage points more likely to investigate claims of police assault than their male counterparts.

The findings have implications for researchers interested in state human rights abuses, democratic institutions, and judicial inequality.

“Gender Differences in the Prosecution of Police Assault: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Sweden,” PLOS One
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0235894

Profile of Senior Data Scientist Charles Crabtree
https://www.tkfd.or.jp/en/experts/detail.php?id=563

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