Franklin Zimring

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.”

Criminologist Franklin Zimring on reforming police use of force

Franklin Zimring interviewed by KQED-FM, Feb. 28, 2017

“Before the middle of 2014 … it was an important problem that was below any real policy visibility as something distinctive and national and large. And then, all of a sudden: It was important to people, and then the data started. But it was still the case that any discussion of what to do about police use of lethal force was enormously handicapped by the fact that there was very little empirical data.”

Two books argue the case for police reform from within

Franklin Zimring quoted by The New York Times, Feb. 21, 2017

Zimring’s most explosive assertion — which leaps out of a work that is mostly policy-wonk nuance — is that police leaders don’t care. “The circumstantial evidence suggests that police departments do not regard whether the victims of police shootings live or die as a matter of great moment,” he writes. … The default assumption is that a perceived threat is real and a police killing is righteous.

Violent crime up for second straight year in Los Angeles

Malcolm Feeley and Franklin Zimring quoted by KPCC-FM, Jan. 6, 2017

“It’s hard to interpret” what’s happening during upticks like these, said UC Berkeley Law Professor Malcolm Feeley. “A statistician would say they are random noise.”

So why is some crime on the rise in Los Angeles? “I know it’s a fair question,” Zimring said, “And the answer is we don’t know.”