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TBI releases study on law-enforcement-related deaths

Law enforcement’s use of deadly force has sparked protests and created concern throughout America.

The TBI has released a comprehensive study detailing law enforcement-related deaths that occurred in the state in calendar year 2020.

In total, there were 28 deadly use-of-force incidents involving law enforcement in Tennessee in 2020. Of those, nearly half, or 46.4% occurred in May, June and July.

TBI data indicates 100% of the deaths involved the subject resisting arrest in some form against law enforcement. The report says 24 of the subjects were armed.

There were no fatal incidents in Warren County in 2020.

The 28 deaths represents a 64.7% increase from 2019 when there were 17 incidents.

Twelve of the reported deadly force incidents occurred on a highway, road, alley, sidewalk, or street. Nine occurred at a residence.

White subjects accounted for 74.2% of those killed in deadly force incidents. Black subjects accounted for 16.1%.

Eleven of the deaths occurred as officers were responding to unlawful or suspicious activity. Six occurred after a traffic stop.

The report is released in accordance with requirements in Tennessee Code Annotated.

Law-enforcement related deaths are defined as “the death of an individual in custody, whether in prison, in jail, or otherwise in the custody of law enforcement pursuant to an arrest or a transfer between institutions of any kind, or the death of an individual potentially resulting from an interaction with law enforcement while the officer is on duty or while the officer is off duty but performing activities that are within the scope of the officer’s law enforcement duties.”

The full report is available for review on TBI’s website,