The Michigan State Police voluntarily released a 2019 Use of Force Report as part of the National Use-of-Force Data Collection by the FBI. The report includes data on incidents involving their officers from January to December of 2019.
The State Police also announced the creation of the Michigan Law Enforcement Transparency Collaborative who will continue to release the data annually. The 2019 report lists three types of events connected to a use of force by law enforcement: fatalities, serious injuries, and discharges of firearms.
According to the State Police, 90% of departments in the state submitted information, with 94% of the departments reporting “Zero Reports”. Reports were made involving 39 subjects and 54 officers. Race and sex information is provided for both the officers and subjects involved in Use of Force incidents.
There were thirteen deaths reported. Of those, two were Black males and eleven were white males. One female was involved in an injury; the rest were males. Neither the department involved nor the extent to which the use of force was deemed lawful are included in the report. The report can be viewed <HERE>.
Reporting for WGRT- Jennie McClelland