NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a comprehensive study detailing law enforcement-related deaths that occurred in the state in calendar year 2021.

The report, released in accordance with the requirements in Tennessee Code Annotated §38-10-102, uses established definitions and methodology and provides information qualifying incidents submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies. Data has been divided into three categories: Deadly Use-of-Force Incidents, Arrest-Related Non-Forcible Deaths, and Deaths in Custody.

Among the report’s findings:

  • In 2021, a total of 31 deadly use-of-force incidents occurred in the state, with incidents in the months of June, August, and October accounting for 48.4% of reported deaths.
  • Eleven of the reported deadly use-of-force incidents occurred in a residence. Nine were reported to have occurred in a highway, road, alley, sidewalk, or street.
  • White subjects accounted for 67.7% of those killed in deadly use-of-force incidents. Black/African-American subjects accounted for 32.3%.

The full report is available for review on TBI’s website, at