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Police Use of Force

Important Issues Facing the Police and the Communities They Serve, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael J. Palmiotto


196 pages

CHOICE 2018 Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner
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Police use of force has been a major concern for police departments and citizens in the United States since the 1840s, when police first started carrying guns. Starting with a historical introduction, Police Use of Force presents readers with critical and timely issues facing police and the communities they serve when police encounters turn violent. Dr. Palmiotto offers in-depth coverage of the use of force, deadly force, non-lethal weapons, militarization of policing, racism and profiling, legal cases, psychology, perception and training, and violence prevention. Police Use of Force also investigates many case studies, both famous (Rodney King) and contemporary (Ferguson, MO). Essential reading for both criminal justice professionals and academics, this text places police conflict within a complex, modern context, inviting cogent conversation in the classroom and the precinct.

Table of Contents

1: Use of Force Throughout History

Michael J. Palmiotto

2: Police Use of Force

Michael J. Palmiotto

3: Use of Deadly Force

Michael J. Palmiotto

4: Nonlethal Weapons and Technology

Szde Yu

5: Militarization of the Police

Laurence Armand French

6: Racial Profiling: The Intersection of Race and Policing

Michael L. Birzer

7: Understanding the Law of Police Use of Force to Arrest

Alison Brown

8: Psychological and Social Factors in the Use of Force

Jodie Beeson

9: Police Violence, Public Response: The Public Gets What It Tolerates

Carolyn Speer Schmidt

10: Prevention and Training

Vladimir A. Sergevnin and Darrell L. Ross

11: Conclusion

Michael J. Palmiotto

About the Editor

Michael J. Palmiotto is professor of criminal justice and undergraduate coordinator of the Criminal Justice Department at Wichita State University. He was formerly a police officer in New York State, serving in White Plains and Scarsdale. He has experience in establishing and operating a police training facility in Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Palmiotto earned a master’s degree from John Jay College (CUNY) and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a faculty member of several universities, including Western Illinois University and Armstrong State University. He has published 11 books, 13 book chapters, and numerous articles on criminal justice and law enforcement. He has published in the areas of criminal investigations, community policing, police misconduct, police globalization, and police training, including Criminal Investigation and Combating Human Trafficking among others. He is the recipient of two Fulbright awards.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology