This is a guest post on’s Modeled Behavior column. by Stephen G. Bronars, Ph.D., a Senior Economist at Welch Consulting, Ph.D. in Economics from University of Chicago, opinions are his own.

Michael Brown’s tragic death, violent protests including the shootings of police officers, a Justice Department investigation describing a pattern and practice of discrimination in the Ferguson police department, and the resignation of six city officials, including the police chief, have focused attention on racial divisions in this St. Louis suburb.  The Justice Department investigation alleges that the lack of diversity in the Ferguson police department, only 4 of 54 commissioned officers are African American compared to 67% of the town’s population, undermines the community’s trust of law enforcement.

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