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Evaluating Police Uses of Force

Seth W. Stoughton, Jeffrey J. Noble, and Geoffrey P. Alpert


The use of force by police has proven to be a challenging and divisive issue in the United States, and for good reason. Philosophically, the government’s use of violence against community members is in tension with basic democratic norms of individual liberty, personal security, and bodily autonomy. In practice, officers use force on hundreds of thousands of individuals every year. Police violence plays an important role in shaping public attitudes toward government generally and toward policing specifically. Community trust and confidence in policing has been undermined by the perception that ... More

Keywords: deadly force, police accountability, police uses of force, police violence, public attitudes, police tactics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479814657
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479814657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth W. Stoughton, author
University of South Carolina

Jeffrey J. Noble, author

Geoffrey P. Alpert, author
University of South Carolina