Suicide by Cop

Suicide by Cop

Suicide by Cop

In line with James J. Drylie

about Suicide by Cop in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The term suicide by cop (SbC), as used in law enforcement and the media, is a form of occupational shorthand describing a phenomenon wherein a subject intentionally provokes an officer into using deadly force with the purpose of causing the subject's death. These types of incidents can be preplanned by the subject or, in some cases, may be a spontaneous act of a desperate person. As a generalization, an SbC incident involves a subject who uses the anticipated response of a law enforcement officer as a mechanism, vis-à-vis the use of deadly force, to commit suicide. Similar terminology used to categorize an SbC incident includes suicide by police , police-assisted suicide , and victim-precipitated homicide . However, the use of these terms interchangeably is problematic in that they may be misleading. The term suicide by police may be mistaken for an incident involving an officer who commits suicide.

Suicide by Cop: International Perspective (Police-Involved, Victim-Provoked Shooting)

In line with Ian K. McKenzie

about Suicide by Cop in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The professional and academic literature that deals in any satisfactory, rigorous, and scientific way with the phenomenon known variously as suicide by cop, victim-provoked shooting, victim-precipitated shooting, victim-precipitated homicide, or, as will be established below, as police-involved, victim-provoked shooting, is excessively limited. The majority of literature is local in nature and examines only a small sample of cases in any given jurisdiction. This article attempts to draw together a number of diverse sources and to put them into a framework in which the phenomenon becomes explicable; however, it is clear that much research remains to be done. The drawing together of a range, albeit of limited size, of literature examining the phenomenon leads one to conclude that: The phenomenon may well be more frequent than has been previously indicated.

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