Suicide by Cop: Committing Suicide by Provoking Police to Shoot You (Death, Value and Meaning)

Suicide by Cop: Committing Suicide by Provoking Police to Shoot You (Death, Value and Meaning)

Suicide by Cop: Committing Suicide by Provoking Police to Shoot You (Death, Value and Meaning)

The phenomenon of suicide by cop has increased in frequency in recent years, creating great concern in the law enforcement community. In suicide by cop, an individual behaves so as to provoke police officers into attempting to disarm him, sometimes killing him in the process. For example, an individual may hold a gun and advance toward police officers, refusing to stop or drop the weapon. It has proven difficult but important to distinguish these acts from those in which there is no justification for police officers’ killing an individual, and from those in which a person is killed during a confrontation with police, but had no suicidal motivation. Criminal penalties for the police officers involved and civil lawsuits by the relatives of the deceased person depend critically on these distinctions.

This book examines what we know about the phenomenon of suicide by cop and places this behavior in a broader context. For example, some murder victims (perhaps as many as a quarter) provoke the murderer, to some extent, into killing them—so-called victim-precipitated homicide. In some cases, it has been suspected that murderers kill and act thereafter in such a way as to provoke the state into executing them. The authors then examine some of the issues specific to suicide by cop, such as whether there is a racial bias in these acts and what the legal implications are. Finally, they discuss the process of hostage negotiation (since those involved in suicide by cop often take hostages during the confrontation with police), the need to provide counseling for police officers involved in suicide-by-cop incidents, and how we might reduce the incidence of this behavior.

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  1. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on November 25, 2012 @ 12:30 am

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    This review is from: Suicide by Cop: Committing Suicide by Provoking Police to Shoot You (Death, Value and Meaning) (Hardcover)

    I have been in law enforcement since 1968 and a crisis negotiator since 1975. This text is outstanding as it reviews the literature on SbC and in so doing lists and discusses the luminaries in the field. I have used their material in court many times to justify the officers use of deadly force. The opposing attorneys have yet to question their authority, findings or criteria. I think every law enforcement agency should have and read this text. It will allow them to better prepare to defend against the many frivilous wrongful death suits that are filed after an officer involved shooting. Tom Strentz

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  2. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on November 25, 2012 @ 1:16 am

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    Understanding Why It Happened, February 14, 2010
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    An excellent read for any law enforcement officer that has been involved in a shooting incident. Also, this book prepares law enforcement members to understand the possible motives of suicidal persons who want the law enforcement officer to carry out a suicidal plan.

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