In 2019, over 1,000 people were killed by police in the United States, according to a Washington Post report. There were 996 in 2018.
147 Police Officers were killed in the line of Duty in 2019. www.odmp.org
Reports are stating that about a quarter of civilians killed by police were black. In 2015, quoted figures for this statistic were: Victims were majority white (52%) but disproportionately black (32%).
Another report states: study also found that 24 percent of African Americans and 32 percent of other non-white racial groups were not attacking police officers when they were killed, compared to 17 percent of white people. www.citylab.com
According to some recent TV reports, about 40 or 50 of these deaths involved civilians that were not armed.
A report by Cesario analyzed variables such as the race of the police officers, crime rates, and the racial demographics of locations where police shootings happened in 2015. From that, he derived that black and Latino victims of police killings were more likely to have been shot by black and Latino cops, and that ”might not be due to bias on the part of Black or Hispanic officers, but instead to simple overlap between officer and county demographics.”
African-Americans make up 13.4 per cent of the population. www.census.gov
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