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California Releases First Report On Police Use Of Force


For the first time, the State of California has compiled all of the uses of force involving law enforcement officers for a given year.

The report by the California Attorney General classifies "use-of-force" incidents as those that involve: a gun used by an officer, a serious bodily injury, or a civilian death...even if the officer did not use force.

Of the 832 people who were seriously injured during contact with law enforcement in 2016, 157 died.

About two-thirds of the 832 people listed were younger than 40. About 70 percent were minorities. Hispanics were the most frequently injured, followed by whites, then blacks.

Guns were the most frequently-used weapon, followed by control holds, stun guns and police dogs.

But in about 70 percent of the cases, a weapon or officer action other than the use of a firearm caused the injury.

In 5 percent of the cases, departments reported deaths in custody when no force was used.

The report also lists the 133 serious injuries suffered by officers last year, including six deaths.

California DOJ URSUS 2016 Report by Capital Public Radio on Scribd

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