Franklin Zimring

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.”

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.