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U.S. Police Officers Kill Primarily Because They Are Attacked, Not To Disrupt Crime
(2015)
  • Alev Dudek, Western Michigan University
Abstract
In spite of the steady decline in violent crimes, law enforcement in the U.S.A. is becoming significantly more violent. Compared to other developed countries, such as Germany or Great Britain, disproportionately more arrest-related deaths occur in the U.S. Additionally, in the treatment of suspects, a racial disparity is evident; disproportionately more black males get killed by white police officers. Political exploitation of “crime” and militarization of law enforcement are factors that contribute to the status-quo and may explain why most arrest-related killings by the police are not a result of attempting to disrupt crime, but in defense of attacks, perceived or real, against them.
Keywords
  • Militarization of Law Enforcement,
  • Tough on Crime,
  • Industrial Prison Complex,
  • Excessive Use of Police Force,
  • Justifiable Homicide,
  • Racial Disparity,
  • Racial Inequality,
  • Racism,
  • Discrimination,
  • Lack of Diversity,
  • Black Male,
  • Stereotypes,
  • Biases,
  • USA,
  • Germany,
  • Great Britain,
  • Equality,
  • Social Justice,
  • SWAT Teams
Publication Date
Spring March 24, 2015
Citation Information
Alev Dudek. "U.S. Police Officers Kill Primarily Because They Are Attacked, Not To Disrupt Crime" (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alev_akbulut/3/