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This text provides a detailed depiction of the historical relationship between the police and people of color in America. It explores the role that media, police training, and criminal stereotyping have on perpetuating negative images that impact the perceptions of criminality. The text takes a close look at the relationship between the negative perceptions, held by American society and its police officers, and people of color--especially African Americans.
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Dr. Michael A. McMorris is a product of the Detroit Public School System. He earned his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice & Political Science and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Education at Capella University. As a law Enforcement practitioner, Dr. McMorris received awards and recognition for his service as a Police Officer, for the City of Saginaw Police Department (Michigan), and as a Special Agent for the U.S. Treasury Department (U.S. Customs Service). As an Educator Dr. McMorris has taught at the secondary, community college, and university levels. He has been named three times as one of AmericaÂ¿s top teachers in Â¿WhoÂ¿s Who Among AmericaÂ¿s Teachers.Â¿
Dr. McMorris is a regular presenter and guest lecturer at Criminal Justice, Multicultural, and Education Conferences, throughout the United States. He also serves as an International Scholar & Visiting Professor in Beijing, China and in the Graduate Education Program at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is the Executive Director of the Kiara-Jhordan Institute for Education & Social Justice, his consulting firm.
Dr. McMorrisÂ¿ research and publication interests are in Police Selection & Training Practices, International Perceptions of Criminality, and Multicultural Issues in Higher Education. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, at Ferris State University.
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