An article has been circulating around social media, claiming

approximately 55,400 people were injured or killed by [US] cops during legal stop and search incidents in one year. Of this number, about 1,000 were killed, with vast majority dying from gunshot wounds. The remaining 54,400 were hospitalized with serious injuries, mostly from blunt objects.

The article cites this study, which seems legit. However, I fear that the article may misinterpret or exaggerate the study's claims. Are the article's claims substantiated by the study, and is the study's analysis/methodology valid?

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    "Hospital treated injury" doesn't mean anything really happened--lots of suspects will claim injuries that didn't happen. Beyond that, though--people sometimes resist arrest. I don't find the numbers shocking. Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 3:22
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    And, being the U.S., many people will refuse treatment because not everyone is insured, or they may be afraid to seek help. You can speculate either way depending on your prejudices. Neither way is helpful with regards to the question.
    – rob
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 21:53
  • that's only 17 people per 100,000 residents. that's not too difficult for me to believe.
    – sig_seg_v
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 22:09


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