An equal rate of injuries per stops and arrests doesn’t mean that those injuries occurred in the same type of encounter, or that they were deserved or proportional to the behavior by the injured person.“One possible interpretation [of Miller’s study] that is easy to make is that people are treated the same way once they are arrested,” said Joscha Legewie, a sociology professor at Yale University. “That’s not necessarily the case, based on the information we have.”...But the data was less than ideal. For one thing, it didn’t capture ER visits, since the emergency rooms weren’t recording patient race for all visits. But many more people hurt by cops go to the ER and then home (about 49,000 in 2012) than are admitted to the hospital (about 2,500 individuals).Finally, while the study looks at data on a national level, researchers say there may be much local variation that isn’t captured.There is much follow-up work to be done. Fagan would like to see the analysis validated for cities that have good data on police stops, like his home turf, New York City. Miller said that looking at state-by-state variation would be a good next step — but that he doesn’t have any funding to do so. This analysis, in fact, was conducted mostly on nights and weekends, including some holidays.“These people need this information,” Miller said. “They really need it. And I’m going to go look at it.”Some of that information isn’t as much about policing as it is about documenting the reasons behind hospital visits. Currently, while some injuries — like shootings — can be documented as police-related, there’s no standard way to specify that someone was bitten by a police dog, or falls after being pushed by a police officer, Miller said. There isn’t even a code for being shot with a taser — to find those cases, Miller looked for cases of electric shock that also involved law enforcement.“I think we’re more likely to make good progress dealing with hospitals than we are dealing with police data,” said Frank Baumgartner, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “The hospitals have no particular reason to try to minimize the apparent occurrence of the event.”
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