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Use of Excessive Force by Police: Home

About this LibGuide

The topic of the use of excessive force by law officials has become one of national significance. This LibGuide was created to help those searching for information on excessive force to find reliable legal and analytical materials on the subject.

The majority of the cases and statutes covered by this LibGuide stem from Federal law. If you are looking for materials from a particular state or other jurisdiction, the ALR annotations listed under the American Law Reports tab can direct you to cases and statutes relevant to that jurisdiction.

A Ferguson Statistic

African Americans are more than twice as likely to be searched during vehicle stops, but are found in possession of contraband 26% less often than white drivers.

Statistic taken from the Department of Justice's Report on the Police Department of Ferguson.

How to Navigate this LibGuide

The sources covered by this LibGuide have been divided into these easy to use tabs:

Articles and Reports


Federal Law

State Law

Statistical Information


Further Research

News and Blogs

When you click on one of the corresponding tabs above, you will navigate to the information that you were interested in.

Sunlight Foundation

Rate at which people are killed by law enforcement, by race