Suicide by Cop

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Feb 6 02:38:48 UTC 2006

On 2/5/06, Baker, John <JMB at> wrote:
>         News reports of the death of Jacob Robida, the teenager who died
> today in Arkansas after attacking men in a New Bedford, Massachusetts
> gay bar Wednesday night, quote a New Bedford police captain discussing
> "suicide by cop."

Barry Popik brought up this phrase back in 1999:

Wordspy's also got it:

A synonym on Wordspy is "copicide":

Cf. also "police-assisted suicide" (discussed by David Barnhart in the
1999 thread) and "suicide by police".

--Ben Zimmer

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