Oklahoma has the highest death rate of police violence and the highest rate of underreporting homicides of all 50 states, according to estimates in a study released Thursday.
About this84% of police killings in the state from 1980 to 2018 were either unreported or misclassified in official government reports. peer reviewed study In The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals.
The study, which involved more than 90 collaborators, compared data from the US National Vital Statistics System, an intergovernmental system that links all death certificates to three open-source databases, from news reports and public fatalities to police. Collects information on violence. record request.
The study estimates that nationwide, more than 55% of police violence deaths from 1980 to 2018 were misclassified or unreported.
The researchers found that Arizona, Alaska, Nevada and Wyoming overtook Oklahoma as the states with the highest death rates of police violence.
Wyoming, Alabama, Louisiana and Nebraska were among the top five states with the lowest reporting rates.
Oklahoma had the highest rate of police violence against black Americans, the study found.
From 2000 to 2009, the states with the highest rates of police violence against non-Hispanic black Americans were Oklahoma, Nevada, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. From 2010 to 2019, they were in Oklahoma, Alaska, West Virginia, Utah and Washington, DC. Were
The Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The study found that the states with the lowest mortality rates of deadly police violence from 1980 to 2019 were Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire and New York.
The states with the lowest underreporting rates from 1980 to 2018 were Maryland, Utah, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Oregon.
Fablina Sharra, one of the lead authors and researcher in the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine, told Granthshala that the researchers did not study specific causes of police violence and under-reporting of police violence in the state. Level.
“We recognize that this knowledge is important to inform policy change to prevent and improve reporting of police violence and hope that the revised estimates of police violence presented in our study will be used for further investigation and policy in these areas.” This will be done as a bounce point for change,” Sharara said.
D. Brian Burghardt, who runs fatal encounterOne of the open-source databases used in the study, said the researchers’ finding that most police killings are not included in official government figures, “wasn’t too surprising.”
“I’ve seen several studies that have come to the same conclusion,” Burgert said. “In my opinion, the social unrest that America has seen over the years has come as a result of not having meaningful government data regarding police violence.”