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FAQs: Arrest-Related Deaths

When are suicides included in the ARD program?
The term suicide is used to describe the intentional killing of oneself. A suicide is considered arr...  Read More

What types of arrest-related deaths are recorded as accidental?
The term accidental injury is used to describe the sustainment of unintentional physical damage or h...  Read More

Are deaths caused by civilians, during the process of arrest, included in the ARD program?
Yes. Arrest subjects whose death results from injuries sustained by non-law enforcement personnel a...  Read More

Does an arrest warrant need to be issued before a death is considered to be arrest-related?
No. Deaths of arrest subjects were included in the collection regardless of whether an arrest warran...  Read More

Are deaths resulting from any use of force by state or local law enforcement personnel included in the ARD program?
Yes. All deaths resulting from any use of force by law enforcement officers are included in the ARD...  Read More

Are deaths resulting from vehicle accidents considered to be arrest-related?
Sometimes. Vehicular accidents that are specifically related to arrest activities are within the sco...  Read More

Does a person have to be in physical custody of law enforcement at the time of death to be reported to the Arrest-Related Deaths program?
No. Deaths were not excluded from the collection on the basis that physical custody had not been est...  Read More


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