Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science

Zach Young, MA

April 13, 2012

This afternoon, Zach Young successfully defended his MA thesis, Heavy Handed: A Multi-Level Approach to Understanding Regional Variation in the Use of Force by Police. He studied whether or not there are regional variations in the way in which American police officers use force at the time of arrest. In his thesis he finds that police use of force is higher in the Northern states relative to Southern states, and also higher than levels found in the West and Midwest, respectively. Another important finding, however, indicates that when accounting for regional and demographic variables, the most important predictor is the suspect’s use of force towards the officer, which when taken with the previous findings is also higher in the Northern states relative to Southern States. Read more

Congratulations, Zach!