Mental Illness, Police Use of Force, and Citizen Injury

Michael T. Rossler, William Terrill

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    57 Scopus citations


    Police departments are increasingly becoming the primary entity for managing incidents involving persons with mental illness, thereby leading to calls for additional research. Drawing on a multicity use-of-force research project, the current inquiry examines whether citizens displaying signs of mental illness are subjected to higher levels of police use of force, and whether they are more likely to be injured, controlling for a host of relevant predictors. The findings show that officers use higher levels of force on persons with mental illness, but such citizens are not at an enhanced risk of injury. The policy and research implications of the findings are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)189-212
    Number of pages24
    JournalPolice Quarterly
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 2017


    • injury
    • mental illness
    • police
    • use of force

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Law


    Dive into the research topics of 'Mental Illness, Police Use of Force, and Citizen Injury'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this