Police in the United States fatally shot an average of three people a day this year, according to The Washington Post.
A study by the newspaper found that 965 people in the U.S. were killed by police officers in 2015, an average of about three people every day.
Of the 965 deaths, 9% involved incidents in which a suspect was unarmed. The remainder fell into one of three categories: the suspect had a weapon of some kind, they were suicidal or mentally troubled, or they attempted to flee when officers ordered them to halt.
Forty percent of the shootings involved black male victims — “a grossly disproportionate number with African-American males making up only 6 percent of the population,” Tom Boggioni wrote in Raw Story.
Caucasians made up the majority of cases where police shot and killed a person who had attacked someone or brandished a weapon. But 60% of those killed after exhibiting less threatening behavior were black or Hispanic.
The Guardian, which counts all police killings, not only those involving a gun, last month reported the 1,000th police killing of the year had occurred. Police in Oakland, California, shot a man who was said to have pointed a replica gun at officers. As of Monday, The Guardian’s tally was up to 1,126.
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Police Shot and Killed Nearly Three Americans Every Day in 2015: Report (by Tom Boggioni, Raw Story)
A Year of Reckoning: Police Fatally Shoot Nearly 1,000 (by Kimberly Kindy, Marc Fisher,…