Estimating the Risk of Police Involved Death by Race/Ethnicity and Place

April 4, 2019 11:45 am - 12:45 pm


Mailman School of Public Health: 722 West 168th Street, Room 532, New York, NY 10032

Event Organizer

Columbia Population Research Center

About the Seminar

Hedwig Lee

Police violence is a persistent feature of American social life and race plays a powerful role in its distribution. The deaths of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and many others have become powerful illustrations of the disparity in treatment between Black, Latino, and White by police.

Hedwig (Hedy) Lee, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle (bio), will discuss a recent paper she co-authored regarding the divergent mortality risks of police interactions by race and ethnicity. Using novel data on police-involved fatalities and Bayesian models to estimate mortality risk, she and her colleagues have found that police homicide risk is higher than suggested by official data and that disparities by race/ethnicity vary markedly across place.

Registration for in-person attendance will open on February 25.