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Five facts from the DOJ report

• From 2009 to 2013, Spokane police officers used – or threatened to use – force in about 0.1 percent of interactions with the public, much lower than the national average reported in previous studies that place the figure closer to 1.8 percent.

• While 2.3 percent of the Spokane population is black, 10 percent of the use-of-force incidents studied by the report’s authors involved black suspects.

• More than 80 percent of the use-of-force incidents studied in the report involved suspects who were unarmed.

• Mentally ill suspects were involved in 13 percent of the use-of-force incidents identified in the report.

• Police dogs were used in 30 percent of the use-of-force incidents identified in the report.

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