Gender Issues

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 220–235 | Cite as

“There’s No Crying in Police Work:” Exploring Police Shootings with Feminist Methods

  • Amanda L. FarrellEmail author
  • Elizabeth Monk-Turner
  • Mona J. E. Danner
  • Christopher J. A. Scallon
Original Article


Police shootings are events that result in psychological trauma to all involved, including police officers. Little work explores how officers and their social and professional networks that are involved in deadly police shootings cope with this event. Utilizing one case study, we hear how an officer involved in a deadly shooting, and those close to him, understand this event. We argue that feminist epistemologies and methods allow a better understanding of these events, which is essential if officers and the broader community are to heal.


Feminist research methods Qualitative research Policing Officer-involved shootings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda L. Farrell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elizabeth Monk-Turner
    • 2
  • Mona J. E. Danner
    • 2
  • Christopher J. A. Scallon
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Education and Human ServicesMarymount UniversityArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  3. 3.Norfolk Police DepartmentNorfolkUSA

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