What Can Researchers Tell Us About Fatal Police Encounters?

4/18/2018 - Assistant Professor of Sociology Chris Smith on Capital Public Radio.

It’s been one month since the police shooting of Stephon Clark in South Sacramento, and community members continue to seek answers, with protests planned for the foreseeable future outside the Sacramento District Attorney's Office every Tuesday through Thursday.

A UC Davis professor and sociologist has been compliling data on threatening encounters between police and civilians.

Dr. Chris Smith joins Insight host Beth Ruyak to talk about her research to build the PACOTE database, which stands for Police and Civilian Outcomes of Threatening Encounters, and how they are trying to figure out why some threatening encounters end fatally when others do not.

Additionally, the work looks at the role of policies and organizational structure, the role of suicide and how the intersection of race and gender matter.

Listen on Capital Public Radio.