Race, Crime and Police Use of Deadly Force

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What role does race play in a police officer's decision to use firearms against a citizen?

After conducting a study of 230 police shootings in St. Louis between 2003 and 2012, a team of researchers determined that “neither the racial composition of neighborhoods nor their level of economic disadvantage directly increase the frequency of police shootings, whereas levels of violent crime do—but only to a point.”

But David Klinger, Richard Rosenfeld, Daniel Isom, professors of criminal justice at . . .

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