Police Killings and Police Deaths Are Public Health Data and Can Be Counted

PLoS Med. 2015 Dec 8;12(12):e1001915. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001915. eCollection 2015 Dec.


Nancy Krieger and colleagues argue that law-enforcement-related deaths in the United States should be treated as notifiable conditions, which would allow public health departments to report these data in real-time.

MeSH terms

  • Homicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Law Enforcement*
  • Police / statistics & numerical data*
  • Public Health / methods*
  • Public Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States

Grants and funding

This work was not supported by any funds. Therefore, there were no funders who could have had any role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.