Berkeley Criminologist: Lack of Data on Police Shootings a 'Scandal'

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A Sacramento police officer was killed Wednesday, following a call about a domestic dispute.  (Getty Images)

In the past four decades, the number of American police officers killed on the job has dropped by 75 percent. The number of citizens killed by police has also dropped by about 30 percent. These are some of the findings in UC Berkeley Law Professor Franklin Zimring's new study of shootings by and of police. Zimring joins us to discuss what he calls the "scandal" of incomplete and unreliable data on killings by police.

Trends in Killings of and by Police: A Preliminary Analysis*


Franklin Zimring, professor of law, UC Berkeley School of Law and author of books including "The City that Became Safe: New York's Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control"