Deadly police encounters in California left 163 dead in 2016
By MICHAEL BALSAMO
Aug. 18, 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first statewide tally of police use-of-force incidents in California found 157 civilians and six officers were killed during violent encounters last year.
The report issued Thursday by the state attorney general's office is a compilation of data supplied by all 800 police departments in the state. It includes demographic information on the civilians and officers, the type of calls that led to the violence, and the officers' justification for using force.
WHAT THE REPORT SHOWS
The departments reported 782 incidents that resulted in serious injury or death, or when a firearm was discharged. Those cases involved 832 civilians, and about 19 percent, or 157, of those people were killed.
Forty-two percent of civilians who were involved in the incidents were Hispanic, 30 percent were white and 20 percent were black. More than 50 percent of the officers involved were white, the report said.
Of the 157 civilians who were killed, 68 were Hispanic, 56 were white and 21 were black, according to the report.
MOST INCIDENTS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY
More than a quarter of the violent encounters — 210 — occurred in Los Angeles County, which is home to a similar percentage of California's nearly 40 million residents. Los Angeles police reported 81 incidents and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department logged 56 incidents.
Among counties, San Bernardino had the second-most incidents, 71, followed by Riverside (59), Orange (58), San Diego (49), Kern (36), Contra Costa (26), Fresno (25), Santa Clara (24) and Alameda (20).
WHY WAS THE REPORT CREATED?
Under a bill passed by the Legislature, police departments in California are required to report any use of force that causes "serious injuries." Though some departments already tracked such data on their own, many did not.
WHAT ABOUT OTHER STATES?
Few other states collect such comprehensive data. Texas requires the attorney general to track statistics on officer-caused and officer-sustained injuries and deaths. Colorado requires every police shooting be reported, and Connecticut tracks every incident of serious force, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
This story has been corrected to show the report included the racial breakdown of those who died during the encounters.