Franklin Zimring

Big-city murders drop to historic lows

Franklin Zimring quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 5, 2018

“Policing has got to stay effective to hold those gains because every day is a new day for committing crimes, but as to whether you can go lower [in New York] that’s a very different question,” said Franklin Zimring.

What explains U.S. mass shootings? International comparisons suggest an answer

Franklin Zimring and Gordon Hawkins study cited by The New York Times, Nov. 7, 2017

The United States is not actually more prone to crime than other developed countries, according to a landmark 1999 study by Franklin E. Zimring and Gordon Hawkins. … American crime is simply more lethal. … They concluded that the discrepancy, like so many other anomalies of American violence, came down to guns.

Numbers show police training drill may be causing unnecessary deaths

Franklin Zimring quoted by NBC Bay Area, Oct. 27, 2017

“The threat that the police officer faces (when a suspect has an edged weapon) is not a threat to the police officer’s life,” said Zimring. … “The number of cases we found…of somebody with a visible weapon charging at a police officer actually killing the police officer in the United States was zero.” Zimring said. FBI data backs him up.

UC Firearm Violence Prevention Research Center receives $5 million appropriation

Franklin Zimring quoted by The Daily Californian, Oct. 15, 2017

Zimring is not a part of the center, but he also researches gun violence in relation to the police. … “The state funding is catching up with the research effort,” Zimring said. “The whole point of the new (university research) center is not only to cover front-page headlines but to carefully assess statistically what the major problems are for most deaths and injuries.”

Locked in

Franklin Zimring cited by The American Interest, Aug. 7, 2017

According to Berkeley Law Professor Franklin Zimring, author of When Police Kill, African Americans are 2.3 times more likely to be killed by police than are whites. Worse yet, American police kill much more often than police in other countries because of the riskiness of American policing: “The threat of lethal attack is a palpable part of being a police officer in the United States,” Zimring writes.

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, 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.”