Identifying Situational Determinants of Police Use of Force: A Systematic Social Observation of Body Camera Footage in Newark, NJ

Funder: Charles Koch Foundation, Criminal Justice &
Policing Reform Program


Principal Investigator: Eric L. Piza

Co-Principal Investigator: Victoria A. Sytsma

Project Overview

This project is an applied research partnership between the Newark Police Division and a multi-university research team. The research involves the systematic viewing, coding, and analysis of body-worn camera footage of police use of force events. The research aims to identify situational factors that influence police-officer decisions to use physical force during citizen encounters. More broadly, the project demonstrates the benefits of leveraging body-camera footage as a data source in observational police research.

Project Publications

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