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Cop Killers: Why Do Police Kill So Often in Situations That Do Not Call for Deadly Force?

Professor Daniel Yeager

Why do presumptively normal, well-adjusted, well-intended professionals, who genuinely want to help others, overreact to perceived physical threats that they encounter on the street? Relying on a little-known paper by Freud (“Draft H”), this talk will be a disquisition on fear — specifically, on how paranoia, in its clinical rather than idiomatic sense, accounts for excessive force by police. The focus will be on psychological concepts unburdened by the crude stereotyping that often characterizes discussions about police.

Instructor: Daniel Yeager is Professor of Law and Associate Dean at California Western School of Law, where he has taught criminal law, procedure, and theory since 1991. He has published books and articles on, among other subjects, constitutional criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, and ordinary language philosophy. He received his JD from the University of Florida and an LLM from the University of Illinois.

Coordinator: Mark Evans

Course Number: OSHR-70129   Credit: 0 units


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01/26/2018 In-class 128862 $0.00  

Day and Time: Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla