In the Dallas Morning News: Data call into question supposed benefits of police review boards

30 Apr , 2019  

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece in the Dallas Morning News on the proposal to have a police review board. The chairman of the Dallas Citizens Police Review Board has a piece that is paired with Lott’s and is available here. Lott’s piece starts this way:

Community trust is crucial to effective policing, so it’s imperative that officers not think that they can get away with misconduct.



At Townhall: Why O’Rourke’s Rhetoric on Police Shootings Is Wrong—And Dangerous

16 Oct , 2018  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Townhall.com on the claims of systematic racism by police that starts this way:

Would you describe police as the “new Jim Crow”?  That is what Democrat Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke recently told students at Prairie View A&M University. Accusing police of “shooting that person solely based on the color of their skin.”

A video then went viral of Beto O’Rourke whipping a large crowd of blacks into a frenzy at the Good Street Baptist Church in Dallas with the words: “How can we continue to lose the lives of unarmed black men in the United States of America at the hands of white police officers?



At Townhall.com: Police Officers Are Not Disproportionately Killing Black Men—Here Are the Facts

28 Aug , 2018  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Townhall.com on some of the claims in the Texas Senate race.

Democrats have a new hero in Beto O’Rourke, who is campaigning against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Hatred for Cruz is enough to get Democrats excited by the prospect of unseating him, but O’Rourke has also won them over on Wednesday by campaigning against police brutality toward blacks.



At Fox News: “NFL kneeling protests based on false claims and misleading media reports”

21 Oct , 2017  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece up at Fox News that is based upon our research done by the CPRC on police shootings.  The piece starts as follow:

The NFL players kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in football stadiums across the country are engaging in protests based on false claims and misleading media reports that give the impression that police are killing African-Americans at a rate greater than they are killing whites.



Revised our research on police shootings

2 Sep , 2017  

We have worked hard to revise and expand our research on police shootings. We are proud of this research, and strongly recommend that people download it and read it.  The study is available here.


Using a unique new data set on police-involved homicides, we apply several discrimination tests to determine if white police officers discriminate against black suspects.



CPRC’s Research Discussed in the Washington Times: “Study upends narrative of racist white officers”

27 Dec , 2016  

This article appeared on Monday, December 26, 2016:

Despite an intense national focus on high-profile police shootings involving white officers and black men, a new study shows that white officers are not statistically more likely to shoot and kill a black suspect.

Among a sample of 2,699 fatal police killings between 2013 and 2015, the study found that the odds of a black suspect being killed by a black police officer were consistently greater than the odds of a black suspect getting killed by a white officer.



CPRC on the Greg Garrison Show on WIBC FM to discuss our new research on police shootings

1 Dec , 2016  

Dr. John Lott talked to Greg Garrison about the CPRC’s new work on police shootings.

(Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 12:35 to 1:00 PM)



Much more Coverage of CPRC Research: “Do White Police Officers Unfairly Target Black Suspects?”

30 Nov , 2016  

A copy of our new study is available here.  The previous coverage that we got at Fox News is available here.

PoliceOne.com, Friday, November 18, 2016

A new study authored by the Crime Prevention Research Center digs deep into the data during a period that ‘bookends’ the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson

The death of Michael Brown in August 2014 caused millions of dollars in property damage locally, and precipitated the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement nationally.



NEW CPRC Research gets attention in Fox News: “White police officers don’t unfairly target black suspects, study says”

17 Nov , 2016  

John Lott at the CPRC and Carl Moody at the College of William & Mary and the CPRC have a new study on police shootings (a copy of the study is available here).  Fox News had a top of the page news story about our study:

The day after a Minnesota cop was charged in the July shooting death of a black man, an in-depth study purported to show race generally does not play a role in police shootings.

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CPRC on the Laura Ingraham Show: Dallas Police Shootings and Obama’s false claims

8 Jul , 2016  

Dr. John Lott talked with host Laura Ingraham about President Obama’s irresponsible words and false claims in the days after the Dallas Police Shootings. Obama went on national television to tell us all that many police are racist while using discredited data to make those claims. Even before anyone has the opportunity to fully investigate how the guns are obtained by these killers in mass public shootings, Obama jumps in and calls for more gun control.…