Mental Health, Race, and Deadly Use of Force

''Mental health, race, and deadly use of force'', Economics Bulletin, Volume 37(1): 423-428

7 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2017

See all articles by Olugbenga Ajilore

Olugbenga Ajilore

University of Toledo - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 5, 2017

Abstract

This study explored the relationship between suspected mental illness and officer-involved shootings, using data from an independently sourced database. The results showed that African Americans were more likely to be victims of fatal officer-involved shootings, and this likelihood increased for those who displayed signs of mental illness. These findings highlight two important issues: the collection of data regarding officer-involved shootings should include details regarding signs of mental illness, and documentation of the type of mental health issues involved in these incidents should be improved.

Keywords: Race, Mental Health, Officer-Involved Shootings

JEL Classification: K4, H7

Suggested Citation

Ajilore, Olugbenga, Mental Health, Race, and Deadly Use of Force (March 5, 2017). ''Mental health, race, and deadly use of force'', Economics Bulletin, Volume 37(1): 423-428. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2927829

Olugbenga Ajilore (Contact Author)

University of Toledo - Department of Economics ( email )

Toledo, OH 43606
United States

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