The Prosecutor’s Role in Officer-Involved Fatalities

Approximately 1,000 people, disproportionately people of color, are killed in officer-involved critical incidents every year. Between 2005 and 2015, only 54 police officers faced criminal charges for fatally shooting someone in the line of duty, and nearly half of such cases resulted in acquittal or dismissal.


Given the persistence of these tragedies and the lack of accountability of those involved, what can prosecutors do to prevent and address officer-involved fatalities?

The IIP's new Toolkit on Officer-Involved Fatalities and Critical Incidents addresses this question with concrete action that prosecutors can take, and communities can advocate for. The Toolkit was informed by a year-long Working Group led by those who lost loved ones to police violence; prosecutors; and law enforcement experts. The Toolkit identifies ways to harness the power of the prosecutor to prevent use-of-force, and to provide a path to accountability for unjustified force.

 

The Toolkit

A year-long examination of police use-of-force led by family members who lost loved ones to police violence; prosecutors; and law enforcement experts

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