Police Use of Nonfatal Force, 2002-11   [open pdf - 757KB]

"From 2002 to 2011, an annual average of 44 million persons age 16 or older had one or more face-to-face contacts with police. Of those who had contact, 1.6% experienced the threat or use of nonfatal force by the police during their most recent contact. About 75% of those with force (1.2% of persons with police contact) perceived the force as excessive. A greater percentage of non-Hispanic blacks (2.8%) than non-Hispanic whites (1.0%) and Hispanics (1.4%) experienced excessive nonfatal force by police during their contact (figure 1). This report examines the prevalence, circumstance, and characteristics of incidents in which police threatened or used nonfatal force and whether these factors varied across resident race and Hispanic origin. The data presented were aggregated from four data collections of the Bureau of Justice Statistics' Police--Public Contact Survey (PPCS). It was administered as a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) every 3 years in 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011 to collect information from persons age 16 or older about their most recent face-to-face contact with police and the outcomes of that contact."

Report Number:
NCJ 249216
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Bureau of Justice Statistics: http://www.bjs.gov/
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