A Cop's In-born Ability to Multitask Impacts Decision to Shoot, Researcher Says
A series of police shootings of unarmed
black men in the U.S. triggered research into the minds of officers
that, according to a lead researcher, is relevant to any community
struggling to understand a controversial police shooting.
To a Canadian policewoman who was shot, that research is important
ammunition in the argument that officers’ mental health must be
Heather Kleider-Offutt, chair of Cognitive Sciences in the psychology
department at Georgia State University, began studying the working
memory of police officers in shooting situations because of social
“upheaval” in Atlanta over police shootings.