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What is the Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) program?

The ARD program is a national census of persons who die either during the process of arrest or while in the custody of state or local law enforcement personnel. The data collection occurs each year and covers all manner of arrest-related deaths, including-

  • deaths due to police use of lethal force or justifiable homicide
  • suicides
  • accidental deaths
  • deaths attributed to intoxication and medical conditions that occur during a civilian interaction with state or local law enforcement.

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