US police have killed at least 5,600 people since 2000
Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice are just a few of the thousands of people killed by law enforcement in the past 15 years.
Vox’s Anand Katakam created an interactive map with data from Fatal Encounters, a nonprofit trying to build a national database of police killings. It shows some of the deaths by law enforcement since 2000:
A huge majority of the more than 5,600 deaths on the map are from gunshots, which is hardly surprising given that guns are so deadly compared to other tools used by police. There are also a lot of noticeable fatalities from vehicle crashes, stun guns, and asphyxiations. In some cases, people died from stab wounds, medical emergencies, and what’s called “suicide by cop,” when someone commits suicide by baiting a police officer into using deadly force.
The data is far from perfect. Some of it is incomplete, with details about a victim’s race, age, and other factors sometimes missing. D. Brian Burghart, head of Fatal Encounters, estimates that his organization’s collection of reports from the public, media, and FBI only captures about 35 percent of total police killings.
As it says in this report the data is far from comprehensive. And it doesn’t mean every death isn’t in the process of trying to preserve the lives of the officers or innocent civilians, but, according to the following, the killings have increased exponentially over the past few years