Franklin Zimring

California politicians’ gun control moves hit by 2 setbacks

Franklin Zimring quoted by ABC News, June 30, 2017

Politicians of both political parties wind up passing “emotionally symbolic but operationally quite modest” proposals, he said. “That’s exactly where California is,” Zimring said. “And from the standpoint of political symbolism, having a fight on the implementation is a plus for the people who passed the law, not a minus.”

When the cops don’t kill you

Franklin Zimring quoted by Newsreview.com, June 29, 2017

According to Franklin Zimring … law enforcement agencies “almost always” recommend criminal charges against survivors of police shootings, he wrote in an email. Zimring couldn’t point to “a systematic study” showing the pattern, but agreed with Katz that cops and prosecutors have financial and political incentives to “threaten pretty severe penalties to push back on civil damages.”

Some of the most important details of Arkansas’ execution spree will remain unknown

Jen Moreno and Franklin Zimring quoted by Vice News, May 5, 2017

Moreno: “If the courts aren’t doing it, there’s not really anyone else who’s doing it,” she said. “The state essentially gets to act without any kind of oversight.”

Zimring: “Secrecy laws are concessions that the process is so stigmatized that it has to be hidden to continue existing,” explained Berkeley Law professor Franklin Zimring. “The only way that they think that the practice can continue is if it continues as a deep secret.”

After police kill: DA Gascón’s dilemma

Franklin Zimring quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, April 25, 2017

“A police chief’s priority shouldn’t be just the protection of his officers but the preservation of civilian lives,” Zimring said. “Of the 10 open police shooting cases recently listed in The Chronicle, at least five, and as many as eight, should not have been fatalities. If a shooting’s awful, it shouldn’t be lawful. If somebody hadn’t died in those cases, San Francisco would be a better city.

New York mulls use of DNA familial matching to solve cold cases

Franklin Zimring quoted by Newsday, March 26, 2017

“One thing you can be certain of is the next step the state takes will not be the last,” said UC Berkeley School of Law professor Franklin Zimring about New York. “There will be inevitable pressure to making the system a standard part of a citizen’s profile.”

Steve Chapman: In Chicago, hard truths must be faced

Franklin Zimring cited by Omaha World-Herald, March 14, 2017

In his new book, “When Police Kill,” University of California, Berkeley law professor Franklin Zimring notes that Philadelphia drastically reduced the number of civilian deaths at the hands of police — from 15 in 2007 to four in 2014 and two in 2015. Yet the crime rate last year was the lowest the city had seen since 1979.

In Chicago, bad policing doesn’t stop crime

Franklin Zimring cited by The Chicago Tribune, March 10, 2017

In his new book, “When Police Kill” … law professor Franklin Zimring notes that Philadelphia drastically reduced the number of civilian deaths at the hands of police — from 15 in 2007 to four in 2014 and two in 2015. Yet the crime rate last year was the lowest the city had seen since 1979. Philadelphia, like Los Angeles, is proof that more restraint does not equal more crime.

 

Will Trump roll out the big guns on Second Amendment issues?

Franklin Zimring and Jonathan Simon quoted by California Magazine, March 8, 2017

“It’s a matter of personnel more than principle,” Zimring says. “Trump wants to nominate Supreme Court justices who will push for expansion of Second Amendment interests, not limits.  It can be assumed that [recent Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil] Gorsuch would move in that direction.”

“Most gun laws are written at the local level,” says Simon, “and it would take the Supreme Court a very long time to say the states can’t regulate at all. And while it’s possible a more conservative court would move more aggressively on Second Amendment cases, we’re a long way from that point.”