Books et al.Sociology

Deadly force

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Science  24 Feb 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6327, pp. 803
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam5966

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On 19 August 2014, Michael Brown—an unarmed 18-year-old African American—was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Together with subsequent police killings in other cities, Brown’s death prompted demonstrations and civil unrest throughout the country and gave spark and fuel to what came to be known as the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Given these events, Franklin Zimring's When Police Kill, which offers the first thorough analysis of homicides committed by police in the United States, could not be timelier.