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How many complaints are there about police use of force every year? What are the outcomes of these complaints?

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) 2003 survey, state and local law enforcement agencies with 100 or more sworn personnel, employing 59% of officers nationwide, received nearly 27,000 citizen complaints about police use of force during 2002. About 8% of these force complaints were sustained; that is, there was sufficient eveidence to justify disciplinary action against the officer or officers. See Citizen Complaints about Police Use of Force


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