The new study released on Thursday reported that more than half of US Police killings are unreported. Most of the unreported deaths are Black Americans, they are most likely to face fatal violence by the police.
The study reported that nearly 55% of deaths from US Police violence from 1980 to 2018 were unreported in official statistics. The study was published in Lancet, the oldest medical journal. The previous studies have found a similar rate of underreporting, the new study is the longest study period.
Researchers estimated official government data did not report 17,100 deaths from US Police violence out of 30,800 total deaths during the nearly 40-year period, speculating the gap is a result of a mixture of clerical errors and more insidious motivations.During that period, non-Hispanic Black Americans were estimated to be 3.5 times more likely to die from police violence than non-Hispanic white Americans, with nearly 60% of these deaths misclassified meaning they are not attributed to police violence in official government data.
Government data also misclassified 50% of deaths of Hispanic people, 56% of deaths of non-Hispanic white people and 33% of deaths of non-Hispanic people of other races. Researchers found that from the 1980s to the 2010s, rates of police violence increased by 38% for all races. Eve Wool, a lead author and a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said that the rise in evidence to prevent violence is ineffective.