Final tally: Police shot and killed 986 people in 2015

No, not in Turkey, as a matter of fact – but in the United States of America. I can’t tell you how many were shot and killed by police in Turkey in the same time period. On a comparative population basis, the number would have to be 232 to equal the US figure, but I don’t think the Turkish boys got anywhere near that.


Demonstration in Milwaukee

I also can’t tell you how many journalists are in prison in the United States. Probably not so many, given that corporate America pretty much has the mainstream media in its pocket. A more interesting figure might be how many whistle-blowers have suffered imprisonment or other persecution – but I couldn’t find statistics for that one.

Anyway, this report is sourced from The Washington Post:

“On the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, Las Vegas police officers cornered Keith Childress Jr., who was wanted for a number of violent felonies. They opened fire on the black 23-year-old after he refused to drop the object in his hands, which turned out not to be a gun but a cellphone. 

“And with that, the nation logged what was probably its final police shooting death of 2015, a year in which 986 such killings occurred, well more than double the average number reported annually by the FBI over the past decade.

July 2015

Up to July 2015 

“The shooting is the final one to be counted as part of The Washington Post’s year-long project tracking on-duty police killings by firearm, an issue that has taken on new urgency after a number of high-profile killings of unarmed African American men. The Post sought to document every shooting death at the hands of police in 2015, and it revealed troubling patterns in the circumstances that led to such shootings and the characteristics of the victims.

“The project will continue this year. Federal officials have announced plans to improve their data collection, but the new initiative will not be in place until 2017. Already, The Post has tallied 11 fatal police shootings in 2016.

“Over the past year, The Post found that the vast majority of those shot and killed by police were armed and half of them were white. Still, police killed blacks at three times the rate of whites when adjusted for the populations where these shootings occurred. And although black men represent 6 percent of the U.S. population, they made up nearly 40 percent of those who were killed while unarmed.”


2 thoughts on “Final tally: Police shot and killed 986 people in 2015

  1. The Americans often make movies about deplorable conditions in Turkish prisons or human rights abuses, but they are in no position to criticize any one. If I may: and, caution this is brutal:
    Afterwards the cops face no charges or settle out of court for an undisclosed amount of money that the taxpayer now has to pay:
    ….and so on and so forth. The final tally of how many people were killed by the representatives of the Gov’t are likely higher if you count the ones “accidentally” killed by following procedure. I could add more, but I think this is quite enough. Greetings.

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