Justin Nix
Justin Nix

Justin Nix, an assistant professor in UofL’s Department of Criminal Justice, has submitted a paper examining the so-called “War on Cops,” and the idea that police are under attack due to recent high-profile shootings. As part of his research, Nix tracked data of line-of-duty police officer assault deaths before and after the August 2014 Ferguson, Mo., shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer.

What he found was that the number of police officers killed has not significantly changed since that “key moment.”

In light of the July 7 police shootings in Dallas, Nix said they’ll need more data and time to determine whether police are being increasingly targeted. He further describes his research in the video below.

John Karman, III
John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.