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Did California Act to Save Lives? AB 392 and fatal officer-involved shootings
Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Zachary Powell (criminal justice) published an article on whether changing the legal standard for law enforcement officers’ use of deadly force changed the number of fatal officer-involved shootings in California. “AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives, changed the deadly force standard so that objectively reasonable officers, when considering the totality of circumstances, can only use deadly force when necessary to defend human life,” the abstract reads. “The stricter standard was designed to limit officer deadly force and reduce civilian deaths so this paper considers the efficacy of AB 392 on the incidence of fatal force in California.”

'Backlash effect': Why the Middle East conflict triggers hate crimes in the US
VOA News
Nov. 2, 2023

Islamophobia has swept across the United States, putting American Jewish and Muslim communities on edge. Brian Levin, professor emeritus at California State University, San Bernardino, was interviewed for this article. Recent years have seen significant increases during Israel-Hamas conflicts in 2006, 2014, 2018 and 2021.

"Our data, across three decades, clearly show huge percentage spikes in anti-Jewish hate crime in the U.S. when there is war in the Holy Land," said Levin, who conducted the analysis for the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

"Muslim and Arab Americans also face disturbing hate crime spikes during conflicts with Israel, but the largest increases revolve around scapegoating when foreign extremists commit fatal attacks," Levin said.

Hate crimes against Muslims and Jews on the rise as Hamas-Israel conflict escalates
KCBS Radio Los Angeles
Nov. 3, 2023

Brian Levin, the founding director of the CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for a segment on the increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims and Jews in the U.S. as the conflict in Gaza and Israel escalates.

Rise in hate crimes includes a ‘significant increase’ against Latinos
NBC News 
Nov.  3, 2023

Researchers, including Brian Levin, the founding director of the CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, say hate crimes against Hispanics spike when there is extensive media coverage involving Latinos, such as news about migrant caravans from Central America. The segment also included comment from Ivette Xochiyotl Boyzo, activist and researcher at La Raza Database Research Project, housed at CSUSB’s Latino Education and Advocacy Days Project.  

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