Some 1,254,300 Americans experienced threats or use of force by police in 2018, up from 985,300 three years earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported on Thursday. Of the residents who experienced a threat or use of force during their most recent contact with police, about 28 percent believed that the action was necessary, while 51 percent thought it was excessive. The estimated incident totals, based on the National Crime Victimization survey, were among 61.5 million U.S. residents who reported at least one contact with police in 2018. Some 24 percent of residents had some contact with police, up from 21 percent in 2015. Whites (26 percent) were more likely than Blacks (21 percent), Hispanics (19 percent), or persons of other races (20 percent) to experience police contact, BJS said.
In cases of police-initiated contact, there was no statistically significant difference
in the percentage of whites (12 percent) and blacks (11 percent) who experienced it. Persons ages 18 to 24 were most likely to have any contact with police (30 percent of the total) and to experience police-initiated contact (19 percent). Four percent of blacks, three percent of Hispanics and two percent of other races experienced threats or use of force. Three percent of males experienced threats or use of force, compared with one percent of females. Four percent of blacks and four percent of Hispanics reported being handcuffed during their most recent contact with police, compared to two percent of whites and two percent of other races.