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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide

...more than two a day, according to a Washington Post analysis. That is
more than twice the rate of fatal police shootings tallied by the
federal government over the past decade, a count that officials concede
is incomplete.

“These shootings are grossly under­reported,” said
Jim Bueermann, a former police chief and president of the
Washington-based Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated
to improving law enforcement. “We are never going to reduce the number
of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this

A national debate is raging
about police use of deadly force, especially against minorities. To
understand why and how often these shootings occur, The Washington Post
is compiling a database of every fatal shooting by police in 2015, as
well as of every officer killed by gunfire in the line of duty. The Post
looked exclusively at shootings, not killings by other means, such as
stun guns and deaths in police custody.
Using interviews, police
reports, local news accounts and other sources, The Post tracked more
than a dozen details about each killing through Friday, including the
victim’s race, whether the person was armed and the circumstances that
led to the fatal encounter. The result is an unprecedented examination
of these shootings, many of which began as minor incidents and suddenly
escalated into violence.

Among The Post’s findings:

half the victims were white, half minority. But the demographics
shifted sharply among the unarmed victims, two-thirds of whom were black
or Hispanic. Overall, blacks were killed at three times the rate of
whites or other minorities when adjusting by the population of the
census tracts where the shootings occurred.

vast majority of victims — more than 80 percent — were armed with
potentially lethal objects, primarily guns, but also knives, machetes,
revving vehicles and, in one case, a nail gun.

●Forty-nine people
had no weapon, while the guns wielded by 13 others turned out to be
toys. In all, 16 percent were either carrying a toy or were unarmed.  - The Washington Post


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