Podcast: Wanna know why there are so many police shootings? LETHAL WEAPON.

A man holding a gun in front of another man.

The ’70s and early ’80s saw a decrease in police-involved deaths, but starting in 1988, use of lethal force was on the rise. What happened? Lethal Weapon. On this episode of “’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents,” Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look back at how one bad-ass blockbuster proved to police that the coolest, manliest, and most effective move in the fight against crime was to shoot to kill. Also available on iTunes or Stitcher.