Police in the United States fatally shot nearly 1,000 people in 2015, of which 90 were unarmed and did not possess weapons of any kind during a confrontation, according to a report.
The great majority of people who died at the hands of police were either suicidal, had a mental illness or were wielding weapons, a year-long study by the Washington Post has found.
The Post sought to gather a record of every fatal police encounter in the nation in 2015, a project that began after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.
The Post’s database was compiled from interviews, police reports, local news accounts and other sources. No government agency maintains a complete list of police killings.
The FBI is charged with keeping statistics on such deaths, but a Post analysis of FBI data showed that fewer than half of the nation’s 18,000 police departments report fatal police shootings to the agency.