Original ArticlesThe Relationship of Injury and Complaints of Police Use of Excessive ForceStrote, Jared MD, MS∗; Hickman, Matthew J. PhD†Author Information From the ∗Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine †Department of Forensic Science, Seattle University, Seattle, WA. Manuscript received October 8, 2019; accepted December 16, 2019. Portions of this article were presented at the 2016 American College of Emergency Physicians Research Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. There was no funding or financial support nor are there any financial conflicts of interests for the authors. The authors report no conflict of interest. Reprints: Jared Strote, MD, MS, Department of Emergency Medicine University of Washington Medical Center Box 356123 1959 NE Pacific Street Seattle, WA 98195. E-mail: [email protected]. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2020 - Volume 41 - Issue 1 - p 5-10 doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000537 Buy Metrics Abstract Use of excessive force (UOEF) is an important and controversial topic but little is known about how injury severity is related to allegations of UOEF. We hypothesized that such complaints would be associated with more significant traumatic injuries. Emergency department records were searched for all individuals making UOEF complaints against an urban police department from 2010 to 2012. Demographic, diagnosis, and other medical data, including Injury Severity Score, were obtained. From police records, force used, suspect resistance and threat, and other call data were obtained. The same data were collected for a control group randomly chosen from all use-of-force events identified during the study period. Of the 235 complaints filed, 42 (18%) subjects had medical evaluation. The control group was significantly younger and more likely to be male; there was no significant difference in race or income. Major injuries were infrequent. No significant difference was found in Injury Severity Score or other medical variables between the 2 groups. Among the law enforcement variables, the only significant difference was a higher likelihood of psychiatric-related calls in the control group. The majority of patients alleging UOEF did not require immediate medical attention, and we found no relationship between injury severity and UOEF complaints. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.