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Randy Petersen

Senior researcher, Right on Crime

Randy Petersen is a senior researcher for Right on Crime and the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Petersen spent 21 years in law enforcement in Bloomington, Illinois, working in patrol, investigations, administration, and management. After retiring, he moved to Texas, where he was an instructor and director of the Tarrant County College District Criminal Justice Training Center.

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Police use of force: don't force it

The Texas Tribune's "Unholstered" series is to be commended for contributing to a critical public discussion. However, reducing a police-involved shooting to only a statistic based on city, race, armed, or unarmed suspects or other factors inevitably leaves out too much relevant detail.