Public health

Unveiling the unseen: Documenting and analyzing nonfatal shootings by police

Some invited comments on an article by Julie Ward and team in AJPH

Reconsidering a prominent finding on the spillover effects of police killings of unarmed Black Americans

This analysis reproduces Bor et al.’s (2018) [seminal study]( of the effect of police killings of unarmed Black Americans on the mental health of Black communities. Using BRFSS data, a national repeated …

A National Analysis of Trauma Care Proximity and Firearm Assault Survival among U.S. Police

We look at 7 years of firearm assaults on US police officers and find that proximity to trauma care is not significantly associated with odds of survival.

Factors associated with police shooting mortality: A focus on race and a plea for more comprehensive data

At the 2021 ASC Conference, I present findings from my latest paper on police shootings with John Shjarback.

Factors associated with police shooting mortality: A focus on race and a plea for more comprehensive data

We compile nonfatal police shooting data from four states and find that some racial disparities are larger than previously thought.

Domestic Violence Help-Seeking During COVID-19

Summary Study after study has shown that help-seeking for domestic violence increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. My colleague, Tara Richards (Faculty Lead for SCCJ’s Victimology and Victim Studies Research Lab), was quick to observe that all of the research to date has relied on official data (e.g., calls for police service, reported crimes). Research has yet to consider whether victim service agency hotlines experienced an uptick in calls during COVID-19.

Police Killings of Unarmed Black Americans: A Reassessment of Community Mental Health Spillover Effects

Correcting 91 misclassified incidents renders Bor et al.’s (2018) key finding non-significant.

What Does the Public Want Police to Do During Pandemics? A National Experiment

**Research Summary**: We administered a survey experiment to a national sample of 1,068 US adults in April 2020 to determine the factors that shape support for various policing tactics in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Respondents were sharply …

NYC Shootings, Revisited

In my last post, I pointed out that shootings weren’t occurring less frequently in NYC in 2020 than in prior years, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. I was also careful not to jump to the conclusion that shootings had increased significantly. That was June 3rd. Suffice it to say a lot has happened since then - including 624 additional shootings. Each of the last four years, NYC had fewer than 200 shootings from June to July.

On the challenges associated with the study of police use of deadly force in the United States: A response to Schwartz & Jahn

I was invited to write a formal comment on a recent analysis of fatal police shootings in US MSAs.