Effects of Homicide Rate on Citizen Complaints Against Police Use of Force: Test of Danger Perception Theory

Eui-Gab Hwang, Michigan State University
Byongook Moon, Michigan State University

ABSTRACT
The criminal homicide rate in connection with the police use of force is a critical issue in the criminal justice system in the United States. The danger-perception theory implies that police officers aggressively use their force when they are in a dangerous situation such as in a location with a high homicide rate. Using official data on police use of force (official reports, citizen complaints, and legal consequences, 1991-1992), this study focuses on examining the relationship between the number of homicide arrests and the number of complaints against police use of force controlling for the department size and the existence of a civilian complaint review

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