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Faculty Colloquium Series: Robert Duran (SOCI) 10/19/2021

No Justice, No Peace: Police Shootings as Legalized Violence

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 4-5pm

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Dr. Robert Duran
Associate Professor, Sociology, 2021-22 Glasscock Internal Faculty Residential Fellow


The greatest cause of death at the hands of the criminal justice system occurs at the hands of law enforcement rather than the criminal sentencing of capital punishment. An officers’ discretion of whether to shoot a suspect with a firearm occurs prior to any court proceeding, without a legal framework for determining guilt or innocence, and lacking an adversarial system. According to the Washington Post, nearly 1,000 officer involved shootings deaths occur each year in the United States and shootings account for nearly 90 percent of all deaths. Despite causing outrage, particularly in communities of color where shootings disproportionately occur, there has been very little research devoted to officer involved shootings. In the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, greater research insight is needed to understand the role police violence plays in the lives of Black and Brown residents and how it compares to the experience of Whites.



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