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30,000 federal agents to get anti-bias training

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>> The Justice Department ordering more than 30,000 federal agents and prosecutors to undergo training to fight unintended bias against minorities. This, after the Department went for two years under a double standard, prodding the nation's police to offer bias training to reduce the shooting of unarmed black men without having a plan of its own.
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Justice correspondent Julia Edwards.>> The Obama administration, in 2014, recommended that local law enforcement take implicit bias training in order to bring some of these police departments in check, and try to rid police departments of the kind of bias people thought was at the root of shootings like those in Ferguson, Missouri and North Charleston, South Carolina.
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But the Obama administration did not implement those changes for federal agents. This training will bring them in line with those recommendations that they already were asking local police to do.>> According to arrest data, black and Hispanic men are far more likely to be stopped by police than others.
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In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said that the programs at the local level show that unconscious bias can be stopped.>> Essentially, once you're made aware of your own biases and then are given those tools, we can override our reaction. We thought it was something we should be offering to our federal agents and frankly, to get our own house in order.
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>> The training will include high level federal officials who make policy or decide whether to launch an investigation.