The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released a comprehensive study detailing law enforcement-related deaths in the state. The report, released in accordance with the requirements set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated § 38-10-102, provides information on qualifying incidents submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies. Data have been divided into three categories: Deadly Use-of-Force Incidents, Arrest-Related Non-Forcible Deaths, and Deaths in Custody.
Among the report’s findings:
* In 2017, 53 law enforcement agencies reported a total of 120 law enforcement-related deaths. Of those, 24 met the state law-established reporting criteria of deadly use of force by a law-enforcement officer.
* The most predominant time frame for a deadly use-of-force incident in 2017 was between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
* Of the 24 reported deadly use-of-force incidents in 2017, Whites accounted 87.5% of decedents, compared to Black or African-American, at 12.5%. Data did not identify any other races in these reported incidents. Males accounted for 96% of those killed in these incidents.
* Of the 120 law enforcement-related deaths reported in 2017, nine met the Arrest-Related Non-Forcible Death reporting criteria; six of these deaths were reported as Suicide.