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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)—the second-largest university in Houston—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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.