This research is part of a larger study of police crime—that is, crime committed by nonfederal sworn law enforcement officers with general powers of arrest—across the United States. In 2014, after several fatal on-duty police shootings garnered national media attention, our principal investigator, Philip Stinson, conducted a joint research project with The Washington Post to count the number of police officers charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting where the officer shot and killed someone. The results of the joint research project were published in The Washington Post on April 12, 2015, and The Washington Post was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, in part, for this project. The Police Integrity Research Group at Bowling Green State University continues to keep the information current, and new cases are added periodically to the count of officers charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting.
Support was provided by the Wallace Action Fund of Tides Foundation, on the recommendation of Mr. Randall Wallace. This research was also supported in part by the Center for Family and Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University, which has core funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (P2CHD050959). The project was previously supported by Award No. 2011-IJ-CX-0024, awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice.
Stinson, Philip M. and Wentzlof, Chloe, "Research Brief One-Sheet – No. 9: On-Duty Shootings: Police Officers Charged with Murder or Manslaughter, 2005-2019" (2019). Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 101.