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POLICE CUSTODY

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Each figure represents a person who died in custody. Roll over the figures to learn more about these deaths.

YEAR OF DEATH

Deaths reported by law enforcement agencies retreated from an eleven-year high of 173 in 2015 to 125 reported in 2016. However, the 2016 total is still roughly 50% higher than the low point in this dataset, which was 84 deaths reported in both 2005 and 2006.

RACE/ETHNICITY

Twenty-six percent of people who died in police custody were black or African-American, which is more than twice their representation in Texas’s overall population (12%).

CAUSE OF DEATH

Most deaths by or in the custody of law enforcement were homicides by law enforcement, which comprised 60% of such deaths.

AGE

People who died in police custody or in police interactions were younger than people who died in prisons and jails, and black and Latino/a people were younger than white people who died in police interactions. The median age of a white person who died in an encounter with police was 38, 31 for black people, and 30 for Latino/a people.

CHARGE STATUS

At least 80% of people who died in encounters with police were not charged with a crime.

TABLE OF CASES

Name Date of death Gender Age Race Cause of death Official Summary