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vitalvoices Hosts “Reducing Deadly Force Usage in Policing” October 27

Dr. David Klinger

We hear much about the deadly use of force by police officers. But what are the facts behind the headlines? There’s certainly no denying what we see in the media. But, what is the whole story? What other options are available to police? Why aren’t they being employed? Or, are they?

The Center for Public Service & Community’s vitalvoices’ “Reducing Deadly Force Usage In Policing” event hopes to answer these questions and much more. The in-person and virtual event is 5:30 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27 in Commerce Street Building, Room C-100 and via LIVESTREAM.

Featured guest is Dr. David Klinger, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has published scholarly manuscripts that address arrest practices, the use of force, how features of communities affect the actions of patrol officers, and terrorism. Klinger has conducted three federally-funded research projects dealing with the use of force by police officers; two on officer-involved shootings and one on police special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams. He is frequently sought after by the media for his analysis on policing. His book, “Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force” (Jossey-Bass) was published in 2004.

Event registration here.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.