Fellows' Presentation, Virtual Event

The Geography of Lethal Force

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Part of the 2020–2021 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Rajiv Sethi RI '21

Free and open to the public.


While at the Radcliffe Institute in 2020–2021, Rajiv Sethi is working on a project on the geography of lethal force. The use of deadly force by law enforcement officers in the United States is extremely high by international standards and involves significant racial disparities. Both the scale and the disparities vary sharply across states, cities, and law enforcement agencies. The main goal of the proposed research is to understand why such geographic variations in scale and racial disparities exist and to identify effective policy remedies.