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FAQs: Arrest-Related Deaths

Does an arrest warrant need to be issued to qualify a death as arrest related?
No. The data collection includes deaths of arrest subjects regardless of whether an arrest warrant...  Read More

When does the ARD program include suicides?
A suicide, or the intentional killing of oneself, is considered arrest related if the deceased inter...  Read More

What is the difference between homicide and justifiable homicide?
Homicide is the killing of a human being by another human being. The ARD program gathers data on hom...  Read More

Does the ARD program require a person to be in physical custody of law enforcement at the time of death?
No. The collection does not exclude deaths based on a lack of establishing physical custody. For exa...  Read More

Does the ARD program include deaths caused by civilians during the process of arrest?
Yes. The ARD program includes deaths caused by injuries sustained by non-law enforcement personnel d...  Read More

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 whi...  Read More

Does the ARD program include deaths resulting from any use of force by state or local law enforcement personnel?
Yes. The ARD collection includes all deaths that result from any use of force by law enforcement off...  Read More

Are deaths resulting from vehicle accidents considered arrest related?
Sometimes. Deaths resulting from vehicular accidents are within the scope of the ARD program if they...  Read More

What types of arrest-related deaths are recorded as accidental?
Accidental injury is the sustainment of unintentional physical damage or harm. The ARD program recor...  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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