Harvard researchers: Make police killings a matter of public health
WBUR - 12/08/2015
James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University, is skeptical that collecting data on police-related deaths by public health agencies will do much good.
“I would agree that more data can only help,” he adds, “but we’ve got to be careful. These are not high numbers, so they’re very volatile.” That is, they can vary greatly from year to year and place to place, leading to wrong conclusions.
“Once you’re aware of that and don’t start making conclusions on the basis of highly volatile data, you’re fine,” he says. “But declaring it a public health issue isn’t going to make things better.”