Jonathan Mummolo asks what happens when we militarize police? PBS calls it “arguably the nation’s first systematic analysis on the use and consequences of militarized force"

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018

Four years ago, coverage of the heavily armed police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri fueled a national debate about police militarization. Police claim militarized units enhance public and officer safety. Critics claim they target racial minorities and erode trust in police.  Jonathan Mummolo wanted to know who was right. His findings have just been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. PBS NewsHour called this work “arguably the nation’s first systematic analysis on the use and consequences of militarized force."

Jonathan Mummolo is assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, and a CSDP faculty associate.