Michael Brown

How Often Do Cops Kill Citizens? Given “Scandalous” Data Gaps, Nobody Knows

Franklin Zimring calls it “scandalous.”

The UC Berkeley law professor—one of the nation’s leading criminal justice experts—is referring to what he discovered when he set out to analyze four decades worth of FBI data on police and citizen killings. Incidents in which citizens killed on-duty police officers had been meticulously recorded. But when police killed citizens? Those incidents were recorded haphazardly, if at all.

In fact, the data was so spotty that he had to resort to finding cases on Wikipedia. Read more about How Often Do Cops Kill Citizens? Given "Scandalous" Data Gaps, Nobody Knows »

Burdens of “Bias”: Why the Ferguson Outcome Was No Surprise to UC Berkeley Expert

Many of the protestors who had gathered on Ferguson, Missouri’s streets last night correctly predicted that a St. Louis County grand jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson on criminal charges in the shooting death of African-American teenager Michael Brown. So, too, did UC Berkeley social psychologist Jack Glaser, an associate professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, who felt the decision was “not even close.” Read more about Burdens of "Bias": Why the Ferguson Outcome Was No Surprise to UC Berkeley Expert »

The Riot Act: Evidence that a Paramilitary Police Response Actually Ramps Up Violence

If it wasn’t prescient, it at least embodied an eerie kind of synchronicity. A study led by a UC Berkeley graduate student finds that protestors tend to respond forcefully when confronted by police outfitted in military garb and employing hyper-aggressive tactics. Confrontation plays out on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. QED. Read more about The Riot Act: Evidence that a Paramilitary Police Response Actually Ramps Up Violence »

Why Ferguson is Felt Far and Wide: Hits National Nerves about Racism and Robocops

The police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is the lead story on all broadcast, social media and print outlets, pushing out the Gaza conflict, ISIS in Iraq, and the war in Ukraine. It’s caused unease across the country and along the full range of the political spectrum. That’s because it’s not just about a single cop shooting a single teenager. It’s about two trends affecting the United States from coast to coast. Read more about Why Ferguson is Felt Far and Wide: Hits National Nerves about Racism and Robocops »

The Unblinking Eyewitness: Should All Police Start Wearing Body Cameras?

Editors’ note: Minutes after the announcement that a Missouri grand jury would not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, Brown’s family released a statement urging that police be required to wear body cameras to record their interactions. The Obama administration and some law enforcement officials have also endorsed the idea. This article delves into the potential pros and cons. Read more about The Unblinking Eyewitness: Should All Police Start Wearing Body Cameras? »

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