TBI: 28 law enforcement-related deaths in 2020

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

The report, released in accordance to the requirements in Tennessee Code Annotated §38-10-102, uses established definitions and methodology and provides information qualifying incidents submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies.

The data is divided into three categories:

Deadly Use-of-Force Incidents (when officers have to use deadly force in the performance of their job);

Arrest-Related Non-Forcible Deaths any death attributable to suicide, alcohol, drug intoxication, or medical conditions, like cradiac arrest, that occurs during the process of arrest by, or in the custody of, state and or local law enforcement personnel);

and Deaths in Custody (as it pertains to deaths that occurred in a local jail or a state prison).

The report does not include incidents where an officer had to discharge their service weapon “not resulting in death or when a subject sustained a serious bodily injury” during their interaction.

Among the report’s findings:

  • In 2020, a total of 28 deadly use-of-force incidents occurred in the state, with 13 incidents in the months of May, June, and July accounting for 46.4% of reported deaths.
  • Twelve of the reported deadly use-of-force incidents occurred in a highway, road, alley, sidewalk, or street, accounting for 42.9% of all such incidents. Nine (32.1%) occurred in a residence. Additionally, four occurred in parking lots or garages, and one each occurred at a convenience store, a park or playground and in a “field or woods.”
  • Incidents were reported to occur most frequently between the hours of 6 pm and midnight, with 13 of the 28 law enforcement-related deaths taking place in that six-hour window.
  • In 2020, according to the report, 37 deaths in custody were reported by 22 facilities across the state.
  • White subjects accounted for 74.2% of those killed in deadly use-of-force incidents, while African-American subjects accounted for 16.1%.

The full report is available for review by following this link.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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