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PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTED PROOFS THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS 500 Fifth Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 This activity was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, Award No. SINLEC20CA3213. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for the project. International Standard Book Number-13: 978-0-309-XXXXX-X International Standard Book Number-10: 0-309-XXXXX-X Digital Object Identifier: https://doi.org/10.17226/26582 Additional copies of this publication are available from the National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001; (800) 624-6242 or (202) 334-3313; http://www.nap.edu. Copyright 2022 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America Suggested citation: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Policies and Practices to Minimize Police Use of Force Internationally. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26582.
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PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTED PROOFS COMMITTEE ON EVIDENCE TO ADVANCE REFORM IN THE GLOBAL SECURITY AND JUSTICE SECTORS LAWRENCE W. SHERMAN, (Chair), University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology BEATRIZ ABIZANDA, Inter-American Development Bank YANILDA MARÃA GONZÃLEZ, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University GUY GROSSMAN, University of Pennsylvania JOHN L. HAGAN, Northwestern University KAREN HALL, Rule of Law Collaborative, University of South Carolina CYNTHIA LUM, George Mason University EMILY OWENS, University of California, Irvine JUSTICE TANKEBE, University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology JULIE ANNE SCHUCK, Study Director SARAH PERUMATTAM, Senior Program Assistant (until October 2021) SUNIA YOUNG, Senior Program Assistant (from October 2021) ABIGAIL ALLEN, Associate Program Officer (from November 2021) EMILY P. BACKES, Associate Director, Committee on Law and Justice MEGAN SNAIR, Technical Writer v
PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTED PROOFS COMMITTEE ON LAW AND JUSTICE ROBERT D. CRUTCHFIELD, (Chair), University of Washington (retired) SALLY S. SIMPSON, (Vice Chair), University of Maryland ROD K. BRUNSON, Northeastern University SHAWN D. BUSHWAY, University at Albany PREETI CHAUHAN, John Jay College of Criminal Justice KIMBERLÃ W. CRENSHAW, University of California, Los Angeles MARK S. JOHNSON, Howard University CYNTHIA LUM, George Mason University JOHN M. MACDONALD, University of Pennsylvania KAREN J. MATHIS, American Bar Association (retired), University of Denver THEODORE A. MCKEE, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit SAMUEL L. MYERS JR., University of Minnesota EMILY OWENS, University of California, Irvine CYNTHIA RUDIN, Duke University WILLIAM J. SABOL, Georgia State University LINDA A. TEPLIN, Northwestern University Medical School NATACHA BLAIN, Director EMILY P. BACKES, Associate Director vi
PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTED PROOFS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This report would not have been possible without the contributions of many people. First, we thank the sponsor of this study, the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, for requesting and supporting this endeavor. We have admired the sponsorâs dedication to an evidence-led approach to further its programming. Special thanks go to the members of the study committee, who dedicated extensive time, thought, and energy to this report. In addition to its own research and deliberations, the committee received input from several outside sources, whose willingness to share their perspectives and experience was essential to the committeeâs work. We thank Mark Berlin (Marquette University), Derryck Martin Espinoza (Trinidad & Tobago Police Service), Claudia Flores (University of Chicago), Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich (Michigan State University), Sean Tait (African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum), and Stephen Williams (University of the West Indies). The committee also gathered information through two commissioned papers. We thank Geoffrey Alpert (University of South Carolina), Ignacio Cano (State University of Rio de Janeiro), Kyle McLean (Clemson University), and Seth Stoughton (University of South Carolina) for their papers and for contributing both to the discussion at the committeeâs information gathering workshop and to findings in the report. The committee also wishes to extend its gratitude to the staff of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in particular to study director Julie Schuck, who made critical substantive contributions to the conception, writing, and editing of the report and Jessalyn Brogan Walker who, as the study director through June 2021, identified and prepared commissioned paper authors and assembled suggestions of experts for the committeeâs workshop. Thanks are also due to Emily Backes who provided substantive writing and editing contributions and critical oversight and direction for the project. Abigail Allen played an essential role in providing thorough and rigorous research and writing for the project. Sarah Perumattam and Sunia Young provided key administrative and logistical support and made sure the committee process ran efficiently and smoothly. The National Academies Research Center, particularly Anne Marie Houppert and Rebecca Morgan, provided valuable research assistance. From the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, we thank Kirsten Sampson Snyder, who shepherded the report through the review process, and Douglas Sprunger, who assisted with the reportâs communication and dissemination. We also thank technical writer Megan Snair for quickly summarizing the presentations and discussions from the committeeâs workshop and, with editor Marc DeFrancis, provided skillful writing and editing of the report manuscript. This Consensus Study Report was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published report as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to vii
PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTED PROOFS the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Cynthia M. Beall, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University; Felipe M. Goncalves, Department of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles; Ross Hendy, School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia; Edward Maguire, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University; Louise Porter, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University; Gregory K. Ridgway, Department of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania; Nazli Yildirim Schierkolk, Independent Expert on Police Accountability, Europe; and LucÃa Tiscornia, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, Division of International Studies, Centro de InvestigaciÃ³n y Docencia EconÃ³micas, Mexico City. Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations of this report nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Alex R. Piquero, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Miami, and Philip J. Cook, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. They were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with the standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the authoring committee and the National Academies. viii
PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTED PROOFS CONTENTS Executive Summary 1 INTRODUCTION The Committeeâs Charge Approach to the Study Scope of the Problem Levels of Analysis and Causes of Excessive Force Social Attitudes Toward Police Violence Organization of the Report 2 PRACTICES DESIGNED TO REGULATE AND CONTROL USE OF FORCE Laws and Standards External Oversight Bodies Police Training and Evaluations Barriers to Internal Control Mechanisms Technological Innovations Administrative Incentives Conclusion 3 COMMITTEEâS CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS Data Needs Use of Force Policies Training for Police Officers Oversight and Supervision References Appendix Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff ix