Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science and Law
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Brigid Callahan Harrison
Police violence has become a pressing issue in the United States. The topic of police militarization, as a consequence, has entered the public consciousness, and its effects have become a topic of concern. This paper will examine whether there is a correlation between higher levels of police militarization and higher rates of police use of lethal force from multiple perspectives. This paper will utilize a mixed methods research approach, combining historical analysis, critical literature review, and data analysis from thirty American cities. This paper will also discuss the public policy implications of police militarization and offer critiques therein.
Sumner, Brennan B., "In the Cities, There is Violence : Do Higher Levels of Police Militarization Correlate with Police Use of Lethal Force?" (2022). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 1042.