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Mental health, race, and deadly use of force

Gbenga Ajilore

Economics Bulletin, 2017, vol. 37, issue 1, 423-428

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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H7 K4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-03-05
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