Police Safety, Killings by the Police and the Militarization of US Law Enforcement
22 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2019
Date Written: February 27, 2019
The debate over police use of military equipment often revolves around the supposed tradeoff between increasing police safety and reducing killings by the police. I rely on institutional features that exogenously determine the distribution of military equipment to US police departments to show that there is no such tradeoff: police militarization increases killings by the police and reduces police safety. Each year police militarization results in 64 additional killings by the police, 12,400 police officers assaults and 2,600 police officers injuries.
Keywords: militarization, police, safety
JEL Classification: H56, H76, K42
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