BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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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 established. This point is highlighted through the inclusion of officer-involved shootings, as virtually none of these cases involved subjects who were in the physical custody of the arresting agency at the time of the death.

Additionally, while some arrest-related suicides occurred in police lockups and booking facilities, most occurred before law enforcement personnel apprehended arrest subject and established physical custody.

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