Suicide by Cop

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A popular term for the intentional use by an individual of threatening behaviour toward law enforcement officers, such that they kill the individual in what they believe is self-defence
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Of special interest is a section on cultural scripts for suicide: Russian roulette and duels, death by seppuku, self-immolation as protest, victim-precipitated homicide, sati, suicide by police, and suicide as liberation of the soul.
Violanti (social and preventative medicine, State University of New York-Buffalo) and Drylie (criminal justice, Kean University) review research on suicide by police, or "copicide," analyze the perpetrator's background motivation in specific cases, and outline a typology for copicide as a distinct phenomenon.
The death was first ruled a suicide by police in London, but Calvi's family pressed for further investigation and eventually Italian prosecutors brought murder charges against the five defendants.
Police said it may be another case of so-called suicide by police in which people confront officers in the hopes they will respond with deadly force.
Chapter titles include "Suicide by Cop: Police Shooting as a Method of Self-Harming," "The Police Use of Deadly Force: International Comparisons and Research Issues," "Use of Less Lethal Force in Suicide by Police Incidents," and "Critical Incident Training for Law Enforcement Personnel.