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U.S. Police Killed 1,152 People This Year

Posted by feww on December 22, 2015

Epidemic of Police Homicide Spreading

U.S. police have killed at least 1,152 people throughout the country between  January 1 and December 15, 2015. About one in four of the people was killed by police departments in one of America’s largest 60 cities, according to a report.

“An unarmed black person living in these cities was 6x more likely than an unarmed white person to be killed by police. An unarmed black person was almost as likely as an armed white person to be killed by police.”

Key Findings:

  • In 2014, 1 in 3 U.S. police killings happened in the 100 largest cities.
  • Black people were 21% of the population and 40% of people killed by police in these cities.
  • Most unarmed people killed by police in major U.S. cities were black (56%). Fewer than 1 in 5 (19%) were white.
  • An unarmed black person living in these cities was 6x more likely than an unarmed white person to be killed by police. An unarmed black person was almost as likely as an armed white person to be killed by police.
  • The Police Homicide rate for black men in 17 cities is higher than the U.S. homicide rate. Black men in these cities have a higher chance of being killed by police than the average American has of being killed by anyone.
  • Black men in six cities face a higher chance of being killed by police than the average American has of being killed in a car accident.

Excerpts from the report:

59 of the nation’s largest 60 city police departments killed civilians in 2015. Some killed at much higher rates than others:

  • Bakersfield, Oklahoma City, Oakland, Indianapolis Metropolitan, Long Beach, New Orleans, St. Louis Metropolitan, and San Francisco Police Departments killed people at the highest rates in 2015.
  • Rates of police killings differed sharply among police departments. For example, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department killed over 7x more people per capita in 2015 than did Philadelphia Police Department.
  • Of the 60 police departments reviewed, only Riverside Police Department did not kill anyone in 2015.

Black people were more likely to be killed by America’s largest city police departments:

  • Police departments disproportionately killed black people, who were 41% of victims despite being only 20% of the population living in these cities.
  • 41 of the 60 police departments disproportionately killed black people relative to the population of black people in their jurisdiction.
  • 14 police departments killed black people exclusively in 2015, 100% of the people they killed were black. For only 5 police departments were 100% of those killed white.

Full report is available HERE.

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