Here’s How Many People Police Killed In 2017

Police offi­cers killed 1,129 peo­ple in 2017.

More peo­ple died from police vio­lence in 2017 than the total num­ber of U.S. sol­diers killed in action around the globe (21). More peo­ple died at the hands of police in 2017 than the num­ber of black peo­ple who were lynched in the worst year of Jim Crow (161 in 1892). Cops killed more Americans in 2017 than ter­ror­ists did (four). They killed more cit­i­zens than air­planes (13 deaths world­wide), mass shoot­ers (428 deaths) and Chicago’s “top gang thugs” (675 Chicago homi­cides).

Yet only 12 offi­cers were charged with a crime relat­ed to a shoot­ing death.

An exten­sive new study from Mapping Police Violence details the data for police vio­lence. The col­lec­tive tracks police shoot­ing num­bers and sta­tis­tics, maps the inci­dents and com­piles the data in real time. The site uses infor­ma­tion from a num­ber of sources, includ­ing Killed by PoliceFatal Encounters and the U.S. Police Shootings Database, to break down shoot­ings by race, loca­tion, weapons used, and whether or not the vic­tim was armed. It is a valu­able tool used by aca­d­e­mics, researchers and cer­tain writ­ers at The Root.

Aside from the fact that only 1 per­cent of the offi­cers who killed some­one were charged with a crime in 2017, some of the report’s most inter­est­ing facts include the fol­low­ing:

  • Of the 534 killer cops Mapping Police Violence was able to iden­ti­fy, 43 had shot or killed some­one before. Twelve had pre­vi­ous­ly shot or killed mul­ti­ple peo­ple.
  • Most of the peo­ple killed (718) were sus­pects in non­vi­o­lent offens­es, were stopped for traf­fic vio­la­tions or had com­mit­ted no crime at all.
  • 13 per­cent of peo­ple killed by cops were unarmed.
  • Most of the unarmed vic­tims were peo­ple of col­or. Of the 147 unarmed peo­ple killed by police, 48 were black and 34 were Hispanic.
  • Black peo­ple account­ed for 27 per­cent of the peo­ple killed by law enforce­ment offi­cers. Of the unarmed vic­tims of police vio­lence, blacks made up 37 per­cent, almost three times their per­cent­age of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion (13 per­cent).
  • Of the peo­ple who were unarmed and not attack­ing, but were still killed by cops, 35 per­cent were black.
  • 95 peo­ple were killed when police shot at a mov­ing vehi­cle, a prac­tice that many say should be banned.
  • 170 of the peo­ple killed were armed with a knife. in 117 of those inci­dents, police shot the per­son before try­ing any oth­er method to dis­arm the per­son.
  • 20 per­cent of the peo­ple who had a gun when they were killed were not threat­en­ing any­one.
  • Law enforce­ment train­ing spends sev­en times more hours train­ing offi­cers on the use of firearms than on how to de-esca­late sit­u­a­tions.

Again, only 12 offi­cers were charged with a crime after killing 1,129 cit­i­zens they were sworn to pro­tect and serve. Here’s to anoth­er ban­ner year of police get­ting away with mur­der.
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