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Feb. 29: Effects of police bias, fatigue, distraction discussed

just-mercyPULLMAN, Wash. – The implications of racial bias, fatigue and distracted driving on the police and communities they serve will be discussed at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, in CUE 203 at Washington State University as part of the free, public common reading lecture series.

The common reading book is “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Learn more at

Speakers Stephen James and Lois James are researchers in WSU’s Sleep and Performance Research Center in Spokane, Wash. Her research, funded by the Spokane Police Department, focuses on the dynamics of encounters between police officers and people in crisis.

The effects of fatigue, distracted driving and racial bias will be examined across a range of policing tasks – from deadly force judgement and decision making to patrol driving and tactical social interaction. The researchers will provide insight into what police departments do to safeguard against these effects.


Karen Weathermon, WSU common reading, 509-335-5488,
Emma Epperly, WSU Undergraduate Education communications, 509-335-9458,



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