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This week you will consider some of the political, procedural, and ethical challenges that researchers must often face. Recent protests around the nation have called into question the use of force by public safety officials, with particular concern over the impact on minority community members. Since 2000, the Fatal Encounters project has collected data on 26,218 records of people killed during police interactions. Reflecting on what you learned from the “Delicate Balancing Act” reading this week, describe how you might navigate political, gatekeeper, and ethical challenges in researching the relationship between race and police killings. Describe the research design and sampling strategy you would use to conduct a study on this issue that would be generalizable to other areas of the country.

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