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No. 213, December 2017
 
12) Underreporting of Homicides by Police in the United States
It is widely known that homicides by police are not accurately reported in the United States. FBI reports some 500 killings every year, as other sources mention 1.000 and more people killed by police. Measurement errors were the primary source of underreporting. If police involvement was not mentioned on death certificate, the death was misclassified as a civilian homicide. Source:  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1088767917693358