The Fatal Interactions with Police Study (FIPS) database includes details on about 1,700 fatal interactions with police that occurred in jurisdictions across the United States during a 20-month time period from May 2013 to January 2015.

Three individual studies based on the data will be released in January, March and April 2018. The  project includes contributions from public health and biostatistics experts at hospitals and universities, including Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, New York University and Harvard University. 

 

 

Study 1: Race, Gender, and the Context of Unarmed Fatal Interactions with Police

In the post-Ferguson era, public opinion remains divided about the ways that race and gender intersect in relation to law enforcement’s use of lethal force. Addressing this tension within research, we explored race-gender differences in the likelihood of being killed while unarmed. More specifically, we identified 1,762 fatal interactions with police that occurred over a 20-month time period, and merged them with the nationally representative Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics survey, Uniform Crime Reports data, and census characteristics. Using hierarchical linear models, we find the odds that black Americans will be killed by police when unarmed are nearly 7 to 1—more than double the odds found in research to date—and due primarily to the unarmed status of black women. 

 

Study 2

Why Neighborhoods Matter in Deaths by Legal Intervention: Examining Fatal Interactions between Police and Men of Color

Study 2 is scheduled to be released in early March 2018.

Study 3

Fatal Youth Encounters with Police: Assessing Race, Geospatial and Institutional Mechanisms

Study 3 is scheduled to be released in early April 2018.