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City police release five-year Use of Force Report


The Bureau of Police will be joining the White House-led Police Data Initiative. In line with that announcement, Police Chief Cameron McLay has released a new report detailing the bureau’s use of force from 2010 to 2015. 

 “In keeping with our efforts to build police community trust through data transparency, I directed a five-year study of our police involved use of force. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police tracks incidents in which an officer uses force with a subject. These Subject Resistance Reports were analyzed to identify trends and areas in which further evaluation or action is warranted,” explains Chief McLay. 

 “The analysis shows that use of force by City of Pittsburgh police officers is rare, occurring in less than one percent of all calls for service. The number of incidents decreased by 16 percent from 2010 through 2015, but the decrease did not keep pace with a concurrent decrease in the number of arrests.

“One in 10 arrests involved use of force and 34 percent of use of force incidents resulted in injury to a suspect. Over the past six years, there has been a higher-than-expected use of force rate for individuals who are black, even when controlling for the differences in arrest patterns by race. However, this disproportionality is decreasing and the 2015 rate is half the 2010 rate. These findings and others are explored in greater depth in this report.”

 Read the entire report at


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