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‘All Hell Broke Lose’: Harvard Economist Needed ‘Armed Guard’ After Study Found No Racial Bias In Police Shootings

Harvard economics professor Roland Fryer says he must be accompanied by an armed security guard to go out in public after publishing a study that found no evidence of racial bias in police-involved shootings. said in an interview with Free Press founder Bari Weiss.

Fryer, a top economist, became the youngest black tenured professor in Harvard University’s history at just 30 years old. study In 2016, it was shown that there were “no racial differences in police-involved shootings.”After publishing the study, “all hell broke loose,” Fryer said. Said Weiss points out that people “go insane if they don’t like the results.”

“I lived under police protection for about 30 to 40 days,” he said during an interview. “I had a 7-day-old daughter at the time…I went to the grocery store to buy diapers with an armed guard.” (Related: Yet another Harvard employee accused of plagiarism)

Mr. Fryer told Mr. Weiss that he became interested in the topic after the Michael Brown shooting and other “early police violence videos.” He said he was “surprised” by the results, as he had expected to find evidence of bias.

After the study was completed, Fryer said he hired eight more new students to redo the study, but the results were the same.

“For the most extreme use of force, officer-involved shootings, there are no racial differences in the raw data or when accounting for contextual factors,” Fryer’s study found.

Fryer said his colleagues warned him not to publish the book because it would “ruin” his career.

“When I first got the email, it had been up for four minutes. ‘This is full of shit. It makes no sense,'” he said, recalling his first reaction after publication.

In 2019, Fryer was given a two-year term. Leave After facing sexual harassment allegations. Claudine Gay, dean of Harvard University at the time, said: letter It was reported to the Department of Economics that he had “demonstrated a pattern of behavior that does not meet expectations of behavior within our community.”

“Do you believe in karma?” Weiss asked.

Gay resigned as Harvard’s president in early January after facing harsh criticism for his handling of allegations of anti-Semitism and plagiarism on campus.

“I hear it’s a piece of shit,” Fryer replied.

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