Report: American Police kill over two people a day 

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May 31, NY: According to a report by the Washington Post suggests that the number of people who are shot by the US Police is twice the number official figures claim.

The Data collected by the American newspaper shows that in the first five months of this year, 385 people – more than two a day – were killed.

It also shows that the number of black people was disproportionately  higher than that of other victims. According to official statistics about 400 people have been killed each year since 2008.According to the newspaper, the homicide rate has been almost 2.6 per day so far this year – more than double the average 1.1 deaths per day reported in FBI records over the past decade.

 

Over the years US has seen a number of controversial cases where unarmed black people have been killed by white police officers. “Police are allowed to use  deadly force when they fear for their lives or the lives of others, however there is currently no reliable way of tracking police shooting deaths, as the government relies on self-reported figures from the nation’s 17,000 law enforcement agencies and figures exclude killings deemed not to have been justified, so there is no way of knowing the exact number.

The Washington Post on the other hand stated that  it logged every fatal shooting in 2015 by police in the line of duty using interviews, police reports, local media reports and other sources.

“These shootings are grossly under­-reported,” former police chief Jim Bueermann was quoted saying.

The report finding also show:

  • Black people were killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities when adjusted for local population
  • Most were armed, but one in six was unarmed or carried a toy weapon
  • 365 men and 20 women were killed
  • Most (118) were aged 25-34, while 94 were 35-44. Eight were children younger than 18
  • In all three 2015 cases in which charges were subsequently filed against police officers, videos had emerged showing officers shooting a suspect during or after a chase on foot.

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