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Criminal Juries in the 21st CenturyPsychological Science and the Law$
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Cynthia Najdowski and Margaret Stevenson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190658113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190658113.001.0001

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In the Aftermath of Ferguson

In the Aftermath of Ferguson

Jurors’ Perceptions of the Police and Court Legitimacy Then and Now

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(p.109) 6 In the Aftermath of Ferguson
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Criminal Juries in the 21st Century
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Lindsey M. Cole

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190658113.003.0006

This chapter examines the impact of police on juror perceptions and decision-making, both before and after Ferguson. It first reviews the existing literature describing the role of police in court, including police as witnesses and the effect of police and court legitimacy on jurors and jury deliberation. Next, it describes the events in Ferguson and the resulting national attention and rise of social movements and then discusses the effects of Ferguson and social media coverage on changing public attitudes toward and perceived legitimacy of the police. The chapter also explores how common police practices, such as testilying and the blue wall of silence, might further impact juror trust in police and legal institutions in the aftermath of Ferguson. The chapter closes with several policy recommendations and future research directions to address Ferguson’s impact on the courts and juries.

Keywords:   police witnesses, police legitimacy, court legitimacy, Ferguson, testilying, blue wall of silence, juror attitudes

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