Police and Power

What Academia can Learn From History

Durrell K. Martin

“You have the right to remain silent.

Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning.

If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.” 

Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

A defendant “must be warned prior to any questioning that he has the right to remain silent, that anything he says can be used against him in a court of law, that he has the right to the presence of an attorney, and that if he cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed for him prior to any questioning if he so desires.”

1931 Report on Lawlessness in Law Enforcement

Wickersham Commission found extensive evidence of police 

misconduct and violence throughout major urban departments.

Chambers et al v. Florida (1940), the court stated its displeasure 

with the actions of the officers involved in the court cases provided; 

however, there was no indication of the action to be used 

against officers accused of excessive force. 

Review of Fatal Encounters Database 

2015 and 2016 partial year data 


people were fatally shot by police in 2015.

As of a week ago, there have been 29 more fatal shootings this year than at the same time last year.

Deaths Per US State 2016

Deaths Per US State 2015

Top 10 States in Per Capita 2015 Deaths

Top 10 States in Per Capita 2016 Deaths

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