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David Harris

Leading authority on racial profiling speaks Oct. 16 at Gage Gallery

Posted: 10/08/2013
One of the nation’s leading experts on police behavior will lecture on how law enforcement practices are contributing to miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

David Harris, professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh will discuss problems associated with police practices, including the use of flawed eyewitness identification procedures, coercive interrogation techniques and improper forensic testing methods.

The author of the book Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science, Harris is a Chicago native and has studied police behavior in depth. His work examines the use of search and seizure laws, racial profiling, stop and frisk  practices and critiques current forensic science methods used for solving crimes.

Using the latest research in social psychology and institutional political dynamics, Harris  has come to understand and will share why law enforcement frequently resists changing the way police work is done and will suggest concrete ways in which crime-solving practices could be improved to make police work more accurate.

Sponsored by Roosevelt’s Joseph Loundy Center for Human Rights and the Department of Psychology, the lecture is the second in this fall’s continuing Wrongful Convictions Distinguished Speaker Series.  It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Bethany Barratt at or Shari Berkowitz at