Rebuilding the trust

– THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, JUNE 28 2015, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

What most of us think we know about police work is colored by news reports, crime novels, and TV dramas. In real life, incidents involving the police often unfold rapidly, cascade unexpectedly, and occur away from public view. It is only when yellow tape is being unrolled and broken glass is being swept up that a sense of what happened begins to emerge. 

Police, eyewitnesses, and victims then give their accounts. But there is inevitably a “Rashomon effect” based on the untrustworthiness of memory.

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