Many police departments have “loose reporting requirements” and don’t end up calling ambulances for civilians they injure. But in a department that does, like San Jose’s, we now know police interactions often result in serious injuries ranging from dog bites to broken arms to internal damage.
And of course, there are racial implications.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that police are at least twice as likely to initiate and use force against Black people nationwide.
And specific data from places like D.C., where 91% of police use-of-force targets were Black people, and Ferguson, where Black people make up 93% of arrests, implies an even greater and more dangerous bias.
It's more than just weapons and police brutality deaths we need to focus on – those statistics might make it easier to pretend policing is a small problem. But the reality is police are harming us in much greater numbers than we’d like to think.