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Attorney General report: 157 died in encounters with police in California last year

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Posted at 6:48 AM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 09:58:19-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State officials say 157 people died during encounters with police in California last year.

A report from Attorney General Xavier Becerra marks the first time California has publicly released statewide statistics on police use of force.

The report released Thursday said there were 782 incidents in 2016 where a police officer used force that resulted in serious injury or death.

Forty-two percent of the civilians involved were Hispanic and nearly 20 percent were black.

More than half of the officers involved were white.

A state law requires California police departments to report the data to the state attorney general's office. Though some departments already tracked such data on their own, many did not.