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Professor Eugene O'Donnell Discusses Capitol Shooting on MSNBC's Politics Nation & NPR’s All Things Considered

Eugene O’Donnell, a lecturer in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, was interviewed on MSNBC’s Politics Nation and NPR’s All Things Considered about a police-involved car chase and shooting of a Connecticut woman who tried to ram her car through a White House barrier in the Capitol. He discussed police protocols for use of deadly force.

To watch the Politics Nation interview, click here.

To listen to the All Things Considered interview, click here

O’Donnell served as a police officer with the New York City Police Department and was an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens District Attorney’s Office. He served as a senior prosecutor and supervisory prosecutor in the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s office. He has also been Director of Intake and Advocacy at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. He was a trainer in the United States Department of State’s International Law Enforcement Academies in Europe and Africa. O’Donnell also assisted with the launch of the NYPD Police Studies program in 2001, which provides college credits to New York City police personnel. He was coordinator of the New York State Law Enforcement Executive Institute from 2005 to 2008 (a leadership program for New York State law enforcement executives), is a certified New York state police trainer, has been a police academy instructor, and has taught in the Criminal Investigation Course for NYC detectives. He has written textbook chapters on police civilian review and minority-police relationships and is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. In 2005, he was a Visiting Professor at the United Kingdom’s Bramshill Police College where he researched community justice initiatives. He is Co-Chairperson, with Professor Mark Rosen, of the annual “Criminal Law Update: A Program for Members of the Bar.”