The public and the media often demand swift punishment for cops identified in deadly use-of-force incidents. But a new research paper suggests that the best way of preventing future incidents is to look for the “root causes” of misbehavior in a police agency’s procedures and culture.
Police fatally shot 987 people last year, two dozen more than they killed in 2016, according to a Washington Post database project that tracks the fatal shootings. Since 2015, the Post has logged the details of 2,945 shooting deaths.
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A suburb of California’s capital is the newest addition to the national debate over officer-involved shootings. According to the Sacramento Bee, the community of Citrus Heights leads the state in the per capita rate of civilians killed by cops, adding to concerns that smaller jurisdictions around the nation cannot or will not pursue greater oversight of their police forces.
Forcible-entry raids to serve narcotics warrants have led to avoidable deaths, gruesome injuries, demolished property, enduring trauma, and multimillion-dollar legal settlements at taxpayer expense, a New York Times investigation finds.