TBI report details 2017 law enforcement-related deaths

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- On Thursday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a comprehensive study that contained information about law enforcement-related deaths in the state.

The report divided data into three categories: deadly use-of-force incidents, arrest-related non-forcible deaths and deaths in custody.

The report detailed the following information:

  • In 2017, 53 agencies reported a total of 120 law enforcement-related deaths. Of those 120 deaths, 24 met the reporting criteria of deadly use of force by an officer.
  • The hours between 6 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. had the most deadly use-of-force incidents in 2017.
  • Of the 24 reported deadly use-of-force incidents in 2017, 87.5 percent of people who died were white, compared to 12.5 percent who were black or African-American. Ninety-six percent of those killed were males.
  • Of the 120 deaths reported in 2017, nine met the arrest-related non-forcible death reporting criteria. Six of those deaths were reported as suicides.
  • In 2017, 87 deaths were reported to have happened in local jails or state prisons. Males accounted for 92 percent of those deaths, and most were of people older than 55. Illness was the leading cause of those deaths.

To read the full report, visit the TBI website.