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
Date Written: March 5, 2017
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
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