A new study from IHME analyzed data on police violence in the United States from 1980 to 2021 and found over half of deaths from police violence were misclassified or unreported. The researchers also found disproportionately higher rates of death in Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous people.
“Recent high-profile police killings of Black people have drawn worldwide attention to this urgent public health crisis, but the magnitude of this problem can’t be fully understood without reliable data," says co-lead author Fablina Sharara.
The Lancet: More than half of police killings in USA are unreported and Black Americans are most likely to experience fatal police violence
Fatal police violence by race and state in the USA, 1980-2019: a network meta-regression
Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 (GBD 2019) United States Fatal Police Violence by Race and State 1980-2019
Think Global Health Post
Ending Police Violence in America
Eve Wool, Co-First Author, IHME (Transcription available, as well as a second video)
Mohsen Naghavi, Senior Author, IHME (Transcription available)
Alexes Harris, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Washington (Transcription available)
Edwin Lindo, Assistant Dean for Social & Health Justice, School of Medicine, University of Washington (Transcription available)
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