Report: Police Have Killed 385 People This Year
In the last five months, police in America have killed 385 people, a rate of more than two a day, The Washington Post reports.
The death rate is more than twice that collected by the federal government over the past 10 years. The analysis is based on data compiled by the Post on every fatal shooting by police in 2015. It also includes the number of officers killed by gunfire in the line of duty.
The analysis comes on the heels of national debate and rage over police use of deadly force, specifically against people of color.
FBI records from the past decade show about 400 fatal police shootings this year (1.1 deaths a day). The Bureau does not mandate that departments report police shootings.
The Post’s analysis indicates a high death toll for the year, clocking at 2.6 a day as of Friday. At that rate, police will have shot and killed nearly 1,000 people by the end of the year.
Data from the Post showed that about half of the victims were people of color. Among unarmed victims, two-thirds were Black or Hispanic.
According to census numbers for the areas where the killings took place, Blacks were killed at three times the rate of whites or other people of color.
More than 80 percent of the victims were armed with potentially lethal objects and ranged in age from 16 to 83. Ninety-two victims were identified as mentally ill.
Of of 385 fatalities, three have resulted in an officer being charged with a crime.