Percentage of deaths in police custody in England and Wales 2008-2019, by ethnicity

Between 2008/09 and 2018/19, 85 percent of deaths in police custody in England and Wales were white people, who make up 86 percent of the UK population. In the same time period, black people accounted for eight percent of the UK deaths in police custody, while only making up three percent of the total population.

Percentage of deaths in police custody in England and Wales between 2008/09 and 2018/19, by ethnicity

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Sources

Release date

June 2020

Region

United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

April 1, 2008 to March 31 2019

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information "Death in custody is the term for anybody who dies while in the custody of the state - this could include while being detained by a police officer or while being held as a prisoner in a police station."

* Population based on data for 2011 Census

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