Social Justice, Police Shootings, and Abusive Social Encounters with Unarmed African Americans
A variety of scholars and sociologists have examined police deviance and misconduct for decades, even if their findings have been ignored by key policymakers. Using qualitative and quantitative data, this paper analyzes the social factors involved in the use of deadly force by police against unarmed African Americans during the past decade. Role behaviors, cultural competencies, police corruption, tactical training, and related policy matters will be addressed. Lastly, the research will describe tangible, yet undisclosed, efforts undertaken by the FBI Academy's Behavioral Science Unit and its Project BeSTOW (2003-2011) to prevent recent waves of police abuse in society. Where feasible, comparative data from other societies and ethnic groups will be included in the analysis.