Citizen Crime Reporting After Officer Involved Shootings

Ravaris Moore

Ravaris L. Moore, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Loyola Marymount University
2021-22 Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Princeton University, Department of Sociology

Police conduct and use of force remain at the forefront of national consciousness after a long sequence of incidents documenting negatively perceived police conduct. Prior work has shown that publicized incidents of police misconduct can lead to dramatic increases in unfavorable attitudes toward police. Less is known about the extent to which negative information concerning police conduct translates into a disinclination or delayed inclination to request police assistance during emergencies. This work employs data from Los Angeles to assess whether officer involved shootings tend to be followed by declines in reported crime, or delays in crime reporting.

Previous work shows that high profile cases of police violence can lower citizen crime reporting. This literature considers extreme cases of police misconduct and is, thus, less informative concerning the effects of use of force events that occur regularly. My analysis aims to consider the full distribution of use of force incidents in the context of Los Angeles Police Department police shootings to more generally assess how reliance on police services responds to police aggression.