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NCJ Number: NCJ 241705     Find in a Library
Title: Analysis of Fatal Police Shootings: Time, Space, and Suicide by Police
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:39  Issue:8  Dated:August 2012  Pages:1107 to 1125
Author(s): Dragana Kesic ; Stuart D. M. Thomas ; James R. P. Ogloff
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 19
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study analyzed factors characteristic of 45 coronial investigations of police engagements that culminated in civilian fatalities between 1980 and 2008 in Victoria, Australia.
Abstract: Police use of lethal force occurs rarely and is legally permissible when used appropriately. When police use fatal force, their behavior is highly scrutinized by the legal system and the public. The present study analyzed factors characteristic of 45 coronial investigations of police engagements that culminated in civilian fatalities between 1980 and 2008 in Victoria, Australia. Findings suggest that fatalities commonly occurred at arrest during unplanned police operation, and the majority of incidents were of short duration. The majority of the decedents were armed, acted aggressively, resisted arrest, and escalated the incident. A third of the incidents met the criteria for possible suicide by police. Differences in mental health, incident, and police response characteristics were found between those who met these criteria and those who did not. The findings and their implications for law enforcement, the public, and the mental health system are presented and discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Police use of deadly force
Index Term(s): Suicide ; Mental disorders ; Police policies and procedures ; Police-citizen interactions ; Australia
   
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