#32: Trying to Track Police Shootings and Reform the Use of Force

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Do the legal rules for using deadly force, set by the Supreme Court in the 1980s, still make sense? Do they protect the officer and the public, or is it time to change how police make the decision to take a life?

Author, expert and former officer Dr. David Klinger talks police-involved shootings, cell phone video and best practices for deescalation. He's studied police use of force for 25 years and published a book on the topic, Into the Kill Zone.

Klinger spoke on these issues on NPR's All Things Considered and with the New York Times.

“I think there is nothing more important for the government to track than the numbers of times that government agents try to kill people.”