Police Misconduct Statistics

Police Brutality / Misconduct Statistics Data
Unique reports of police misconduct tracked last year 4,861
Number of sworn law enforcement officers involved 6,613
Number of agency leaders such as chiefs or sheriffs involved 354
Number of alleged victims involved 6,826
Number of fatalities associated with tracked reports 247
Estimated amount spent on misconduct related civil judgments and settlements excluding sealed settlements, court costs, and attorney fees $346,512,800
U.S. average police misconduct rate (Officers reported per 100,000 officers) 977.98
Police Misconduct by type Percentage
Excessive Force 23.8%
Sexual Misconduct 9.3%
Fraud/Theft 7.2%
False Arrest 6.8%
Accountability 5.8%
Drugs 5.0%
Color of law 4.8%
Domestic Violence 4.7%
Raids/Searches 4.6%
Assault 4.5%
General 4.3%
DUI 4.2%
Cicil Right 3.6%
Dishonesty 3.2%
Auto 2.6%
Bias 1.5%
Animal Cruelty 1.1%
Murder 0.5%
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Reported Use of Excessing Force by Type (Last 12 Months) Number Percentage
Physical 897 56.9%
Firearm 232 14.7%
Mixed 208 13.21%
Taser 166 10.6%
Chemical 38 2.4%
Police dogs 27 1.7%
Police vehicles 6 0.4%
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, PoliceMisconduct.net
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: January 25, 2016

Police Misconduct Statistics

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