NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Police have shot and killed 385 people in the U.S. in the first five months of 2015, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.
The newspaper scoured public documents, local news reports and witness accounts to document acts of heroism, scenes marked by chaos, and — in less than 1% of the cases — criminal charges against the cops involved.
But the bottom line rate of around 2.6 deaths per day in the country dwarfs FBI records over the previous decade, which count roughly 400 fatalities per year and about 1.1 deaths daily. The finding illustrates the state of data surrounding the controversial shootings, experts told the Post.
“These shootings are grossly underreported,” said former police chief and Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann. “We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this information.”