May 18, 2009

Study: Injuries inflicted by police rare

Injuries inflicted by police officers in the process of subduing suspects are relatively rare, two U.S. studies found.

In one study, Dr. Jared Strote at the University of Washington Medical Center and colleagues examined the medical records of nearly 900 patients subdued by the Seattle Police Department with a Taser over a six-year period. No deaths occurred.

In a second study, Strote and colleagues looked at every use of force by the Seattle Police Department in one year. Despite some 900 incidents, injuries from the use of force were rare with about 1 percent requiring hospital admission. There were two deaths, both due to firearms, the study said.

The findings were published in the Academic Emergency Medicine and presented at the Trauma forum at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine's annual meeting in New Orleans.