Militarization fails to enhance police safety or reduce crime but may harm police reputation

  title={Militarization fails to enhance police safety or reduce crime but may harm police reputation},
  author={Jonathan Mummolo},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  pages={9181 - 9186}
  • Jonathan Mummolo
  • Published 20 August 2018
  • Law, Political Science
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Significance National debates over heavy-handed police tactics, including so-called “militarized” policing, are often framed as a trade-off between civil liberties and public safety, but the costs and benefits of controversial police practices remain unclear due to data limitations. Using an array of administrative data sources and original experiments I show that militarized “special weapons and tactics” (SWAT) teams are more often deployed in communities of color, and—contrary to claims by… 

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