Sadly… Deaths by Police Continue!

Washington Post: Fatal police shootings in 2021 set record since The Post began tracking, despite public outcry

Police shot and killed at least 1,055 people nationwide last year, the highest total since The Washington Post began tracking fatal shootings by officers in 2015 — underscoring the difficulty of reducing such incidents despite sustained public attention to the issue.
Police have fatally shot roughly 1,000 people in each of the past seven years, ranging from 958 in 2016 to last year’s high. 

That the number of fatal police shootings last year is within 60 of the average suggests officers’ behavior has not shifted significantly since The Post began collecting data, said Andrew Wheeler, a private-sector criminologist and data scientist.

Franklin Zimring, a law professor and criminologist at the University of California at Berkeley, said that a policy enacted now may take years to make a statistically significant difference.
About 20 percent of last year’s fatal police shootings were captured on body cameras — the highest portion since The Post began tracking. In 2015, the first year data was collected, body-camera video existed for roughly 8 percent of shootings. 

The demographics of the people fatally shot have remained largely constant since The Post started tracking the data from news coverage, social media posts, and police records. Although the FBI launched its own data collection program to track police use of force in 2019, a lack of participation by departments has put that program’s existence at risk. 

— News from the Police Executive Research Forum, February 11, 2022.

9 Comments

  1. With a more than 30% increase in violent crime why should an increase in police killings be a surprise? My question…how many of these killings were not legally justified?

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    1. Yeah, and what about Rittenhouse getting away with murder and the cops didn’t bother to arrest him at the scene of the crime and let him go back to his place in another state? If he had killed a cop, you would have shot him on the spot. What about those people who didn’t get convicted of trying to kidnap the governor? If they had shot the police officers who were assigned to protect the governor, would you have let them off the hook because they were right-wingers?

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    2. Yeah and what about the cops at the January 6 insurrection who were lucky not to be killed by those insurrectionists considering that many of those people were ex-cops and/or regular cops? What about those police chiefs, sheriffs and rank and file cops who make such vile statements against the government about 2nd Amendment rights, that they put their own fellow cops at risk of getting killed?

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  2. Maybe they still believe they are in power and control. Or maybe there are just members of the communities that they need to get their guns to. Whatever it is, let the SOP of the law be on top. CCTVs are everywhere and everything is to be investigated just right.

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  3. To be fair, it is not just the police. People sometimes abuse their rights as well. Let us just respect each other. If you are stopped by for violation, just cooperate and be polite then everything will ends up great. Thanks

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