Recruits listen during a police law class.

Recruits listen during a police law class.

When police officers pull the trigger, what are they thinking … literally?

Australians are outraged after an unarmed Australian woman in her pajamas was shot and killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. This is the latest in a string of high-profile shootings of unarmed civilians.

How are officers trained to think through using deadly force? And does the training work?


  • David Klinger Professor, department of criminology and criminal justice, University of Missouri, St Louis; author of "Into the Kill Zone: A Cop's Eye View of Deadly Force"
  • Brandt Williams Reporter, Minnesota Public Radio
  • Lou Hayes Jr. Police sergeant and training unit supervisor in a Chicago area police department

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