Based on population, a Black person was 1.6x as likely and a Latinx person was 0.7x as likely to be killed by police as a White person in Tennessee from 2013-21.
We obtained data on 269 Police and 94 Sheriff’s Depts in the state of Tennessee.
Scorecard at a Glance
Average for 4 Sections: 50%
Scores range from 0-100% comparing states with data from both state and local law enforcement agencies within the population. States with higher scores spend less on policing, use less force, are more likely to hold officers accountable and make fewer arrests for low-level offenses.
|Police Funding: 47%|
|Police Budget Cost per Person|
|Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)|
|Police Violence: 77%|
|Force Used per Arrest|
|Deadly Force per Arrest|
|Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest|
|Racial Disparities in Deadly Force|
|Police Accountability: 24%|
|Misconduct Complaints Upheld|
|Excessive Force Complaints Upheld|
|Discrimination Complaints Upheld|
|Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld|
|Approach to Law Enforcement: 52%|
|Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses|
|Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests|
|Jail Incarceration Rate|
|Jail Deaths per 1,000|
240 Killings by Police
2,646 civilian complaints of police misconduct
13% were ruled in favor of civilians from 2016-21.
2,896,335 arrests made
68% of all arrests were for low-level, non-violent offenses from 2013-21.
Police Funding By Year
$2.29B | 6,651,089 Residents | $344 per Resident
More Police Funding per Capita than 44% of States
Funds taken from communities in fines and forfeitures
Total: $2.13B from 2010-20
More Fines/Forfeitures than 71% of States
Number of officers per 1k population
17,886 Officers | 26.5 per 10k Residents
More Officers per Population than 90% of States
Used More Force per Arrest than N/A of States
2,619 Incidents | 58 every 10k arrests | ▶-28%
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240 Killings by Police from 2013-21 | 0.8 every 10k arrests
^ More Killings by Police per Arrest than 14% of States
Deadly Force by Armed Status
10% Unarmed | 46% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun
^ More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 18% of States
Police Violence by Race
Population of Tennessee
Tennessee Law Enforcement Demographics
^ More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 11% of States
Total civilian complaints
2,646 from 2016-21 | 13% Ruled in Favor of Civilians
Use of Force Complaints
18 Reported | 22% Ruled in Favor of Civilians
Complaints of Police Discrimination
229 Reported | 3% Ruled in Favor of Civilians
Alleged Crimes Committed by Police
240 Reported | 21% Ruled in Favor of Civilians
Approach to Law Enforcement i
Section Score: 52%
Arrests By Year
2,896,335 Arrests Reported from 2013-2021
Arrests for Low Level Offenses
1,982,598 Arrests | 37 per 1k residents
^ Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 88% of States
Disparities in Arrests for Low Level Offenses by Race/Ethnicity
Black people were 1.8x more likely and Latinx people were 0.7x more likely to be arrested for low level, non-violent offenses than a white person.
Percent of total arrests by type
All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 68% )
Drug Possession ( 11% )
Violent Crime ( 4% )
4,462 Homicides from 2013-21 | 1797 Unsolved
^ Solved Fewer Homicides than 35% of States
Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race
Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 29% )
Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 28% )
Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 11% )
Deaths in Jail
266 Deaths from 2013-19 | 9 per 1k Jail Population
Homicide Suicide Other Investigating
^ Higher Rate of Jail Deaths than 13% of States
Jail Incarceration rate
9,609 Avg Daily Jail Population | 5 per 1k residents
^ More than 91% of Sheriff's Depts
People in Jail Without Being Convicted
72 % of People in Jail
Tennessee Statewide Scores
Rankings are based upon a 0 to 100 percentage scale. States with higher scores use less force, make fewer arrests for low level offenses, solve murder cases more often, hold officers more accountable and spend less on policing overall.
Overall Scores for States where We Have Obtained the Most Data.
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About This Scorecard
This is the first nationwide evaluation of policing in the United States. It was built using data from state and federal databases, public records requests to local police departments, and media reports. While police data is never perfect, and there are additional indicators that still need to be tracked, the Police Scorecard is designed to provide insight into many important issues in policing.
Police Scorecard is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, learn more about our team here. If you have feedback, questions about the project, or need support with an advocacy campaign, contact our Founder, Samuel Sinyangwe.
Use this Scorecard to identify issues within police departments that require the most urgent interventions and hold officials accountable for implementing solutions. For example, cities with higher rates of low level arrests could benefit most from solutions that create alternatives to policing and arrest for these offenses. In cities where police make fewer arrests overall but use more force when making arrests, communities could benefit significantly from policies designed to hold police accountable for excessive force. And cities where complaints of police misconduct are rarely ruled in favor of civilians could benefit from creating an oversight structure to independently investigate these complaints.
Here's how to start pushing for change
Contact your State's Governor and Attorney General, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
- TN State Attorney General Herbert Slatery
Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.
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