US police shootings: Number of deaths on track to reach 1,000 for second consecutive year

Police officers across the US shot 492 people dead in the first half of 2017, on track to approach 1,000 such incidents for the third year in a row

FP Staff July 02, 2017 10:09:10 IST
US police shootings: Number of deaths on track to reach 1,000 for second consecutive year

Police officers across the United States shot 492 people dead in the first half of 2017, on track to approach 1,000 such incidents for the third year in a row, the Washington Post  reported on Saturday.

The Post, which has been tracking all fatal shootings by police since 2015, said the tally on 16 June of this year was identical to last year's count.

US police shootings Number of deaths on track to reach 1000 for second consecutive year

Representational image. Reuters

The paper said that since 2015 it had found twice as many police shootings than those recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"These numbers show us that officer-involved shootings are constant over time," Geoffrey Alpert, a criminologist at the University of South Carolina, told the Post. "Some places go up, some go down, but its averaging out. This is our society in the 21st century."

The Post began its tracking project following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.

Brown is one of a series of black men killed by law enforcement over the past three years that have sparked a national debate over racial bias in the US criminal justice system.

The Post reported that shooting of black males continuous to constitute large share of unarmed people killed. Mental illness has remained one of the major factor in fatal police shootings, adds the report.

With inputs from Reuters

 

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