Knox and Mummolo in Washington Post: A widely touted study found no evidence of racism in police shootings. It’s full of errors.

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2020

Writing in The Washington Post, Dean Knox and Jonathan Mummolo address the dangers of using faulty science to support bad policy about policing and racial bias, especially when retraction of bad science is falsely characterized as being politically motivated.

But ideologues now seek to resuscitate this discredited work, claiming the retraction was politically motivated. It was not.... In today’s polarized climate, it can be difficult to separate genuine scientific disputes from opinion, but as we’ve shown, the work simply does not demonstrate what it claims. Academic disputes often live in gray areas, but in some cases, research is simply objectively wrong.

For additional information, see Knox and Mummolo's piece on bad science on racial bias in policing,  the retraction statement, along with some background from Retraction WatchJonathan Mummolo is assistant professor of politics and public affairs and CSDP faculty associate at Princeton University. Dean Knox, formerly at Princeton and CSDP faculty associate, is assistant professor of operations, information, and decisions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Both are political scientists specializing in the study of police behavior.