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Publication Policing and Homicide, 1976-98: Justifiable Homicide of Felons by Police and Murder of Police by Felons

Jodi M. Brown, Patrick A. Langan, Ph.D.

March 1, 2001    NCJ 180987

Presents annual trends from 1976 to 1998 in two types of homicide: justifiable homicides of felons by police, and murders of police officers by felons. Reports the number and rate of justifiable homicide by police; demographic characteristics of officers who justifiably kill, and characteristics of felons who are justifiably killed (gender, race, and age). Reports the number and rate of murders of police officers; demographic characteristics of the murdered officers, and characteristics of felons who murdered officers (gender, race, age, etc.). Includes descriptions of actual cases of justifiable homicide by police in 1998.

Much of the data in this report was collected by the FBI for the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted series. The 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted reports are available from the FBI.

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