Don’t be surprised by goody-goody Google if you google this topic. You are immediately told ‘you are not alone’ and are given an 800 suicide hotline. No comparable response to ‘murder’, kill’, ‘assassinate’ or ‘buy me a gun’.
First, suicide by cop, is an almost entirely American Black occurrence. Suicide is stigmatized in the American black society. Far more stigmatized than in any other society. A black person is told many times that ‘blacks don’t commit suicide’. So a suicidal black figures out that suicide by cop is considered ‘brave’ not ‘suicide’.
To understand this one needs to know a second fact: the total of suicides and homicides is a constant. Take a white zip code where the suicides per year are 50 and homicides are 25 for a total of 75, the same data in a black neighborhood might be 25 suicides and 50 homicides still totaling 75. Blacks get killed rather than kill themselves.
A friend of mine, a New York government official, knew this association and was looking at zip codes in New York. He found one white zip code that looked like a black one. The homicides were high and the suicides were much lower than in other white zip codes.
My friend went to the neighborhood to find out what was going on. He concluded from what he was told: in this neighborhood white people who want to commit suicide just walk out on the street and start yelling ‘nigga nigga’ and they very quickly get shot.