Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Police Carry out 5% of Homicides

Mapping Police Violence report that the police killed 1,192 people in the U.S. during 2022. This means that the police committed 1 in every 20 homicides. So far this year there have only been two days when the police didn't kill an American citizen and the police have already killed 158 people in 2023.

The Mapping Police Violence website features a prominent interactive map which animates through a whole year of police homicides. As the map runs through 2022 the victims of police homicides in the US are added to the map by date. If you select a marker on the map you can view the name of the victim and read more about the incident that led to the fatal shooting.

According to Mapping Police Violence's tracking of police homicides the police killed more people last year than in any other year in the last decade. Despite Black Americans being less likely to carry a firearm than white Americans they are 3 times as likely to be killed by the police. Some police forces however are more racist than others. From 2013-2023 the Minneapolis and Boston police killed Black people at 28 times the rate that they killed white citizens. In Chicago the police killed Black residents at 26 times the rate of white residents. 

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