Suicide by Cop: Committing Suicide by Provoking Police to Shoot You

1st Edition

Mark Lindsay, David Lester, PhD.

Routledge
Published April 25, 2019
Reference - 128 Pages
ISBN 9780415785341 - CAT# Y318844
Series: Death, Value and Meaning Series

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Summary

This book examines what we know about the phenomenon of suicide by cop and places this behavior in a broader context. For example, some murder victims (perhaps as many as a quarter) provoke the murderer, to some extent, into killing them-so-called victim-precipitated homicide. In some cases, it has been suspected that murderers kill and act thereafter in such a way as to provoke the state into executing them. The authors then examine some of the issues specific to suicide by cop, such as whether there is a racial bias in these acts and what the legal implications are. Finally, they discuss the process of hostage negotiation (since those involved in suicide by cop often take hostages during the confrontation with police), the need to provide counseling for police officers involved in suicide-by-cop incidents, and how we might reduce the incidence of this behavior.

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