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Olugbenga Ajilore
''Mental health, race, and deadly use of force''
( 2017, Vol. 37 No.1 )
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: K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior: General
H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations: General
Manuscript Received : Nov 24 2016 Manuscript Accepted : Mar 05 2017

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