"Suicide by Cop"

Bapopik at AOL.COM Bapopik at AOL.COM
Tue Aug 17 02:35:35 UTC 1999

     "Suicide by Cop" ran on today's CBS Evening News.  It's at
     It occurs when someone wants to commit suicide and wants the police to
shoot, and pretends to have a gun (some have toy guns).  I don't like the
phrase--it sounds as if the cop is committing suicide (it's _by_ him).
    "'Suicide by Cop' a growing phenomenon in the U.S." was in the GUARDIAN,
29 December 1994.
    The earliest ProQuest hit is "Suicide by Cop," THE POLICE CHIEF, July
1993, pg. 24.  Did Clinton Van Zandt (the story's author) coin it?

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