police-deaths

Police Have Killed 1,083 Americans in the Last Year

Police Have Killed 1,083 Americans in the Last Year

Police Have Killed 1,083 Americans in the Last Year

Typically speaking, here at Visual Capitalist we focus at making the world of business and investing easy-to-understand and intuitive for everyone. Although it is true that some topics we cover only tangentially relate to these areas, we still believe they can impact markets.

Today’s topic does not fit in any of these above categories, but it is too important to not post.

Exactly one year ago, an 18-year old black man was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer. Michael Brown’s death ignited a country-wide debate about the excessive amount of violence that occurs at the hand of police – particularly to African-Americans.

Widespread protests, both peaceful and violent, spread through the nation and conversations about the use of force, race, and policing have been center stage over the last twelve months.

But, where has that got us?

This infographic, collected from VICE News, shows that over the last year there have been an average of three Americans per day killed by cops.

California has been at the forefront of police violence, with at least 176 deaths alone. Five cities in the United States have had more than ten deaths over this time period: New York, Houston, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.

All but two states (Vermont and Rhode Island) have had fatal incidents involving police.

subscribe_tovc2

Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below):



  • MurdoMcSponge

    You don’t give the crucial divide – between African Americans and everyone else!

    • Jwk

      Why does no one ask the important questions?
      What were they doing when they were shot?
      Why is that ignored? It is clear as day that this is obvious.
      You are interpreting my question incorrectly (your fault) and therefore going to answer; ‘many were unarmed and therefore not important what they were doing’.
      STUPID, stupid, stupid people.
      Out of 320 000 000 people, there are a lot of idiots out there, and this number is not large.
      Every life matters, obviously. But just answer the question, and the answer as to why the deaths occurred is not that complex, and is not racist, as the louder (not majority) of people believe.

  • Robert Jesionowski

    Nice graphic. Would be very interested in seeing this broken down a bit more. 176 in CA? OK. How does that compare to AL with only, 20 but the population is far lower. Can you normalize also as a function of crime rate (yes, I just used an ill defined term) so that the gentle read can get a feel on police violence as a function of police activity?

    • Agreed, per capita would be helpful. As would deaths / police interactions. Interesting overview, nonetheless.

    • Blakenburg

      Maybe, he is not good at percentages?

  • Average Canadian

    Murdo is right that should be added.

    Also to give this some context you should have added a map of guns per capita and one which shows the ones where you can openly carry a gun. I am sure there would be some co-relation.

  • Jwk

    Why does no one ask the most important question?
    What were they doing when they were shot?

    Why is that ignored? It is clear as day that this is obvious.
    Most will interpret my question incorrectly (your fault) and therefore going to answer; ‘many were unarmed and therefore not important what they were doing’.

    STUPID, stupid, stupid people.

    Out of 320 000 000 people, there are a lot of idiots out there, and this number is not large.

    Every life matters, obviously. But just answer the question, and the answer as to why the deaths occurred is not that complex, and is not racist, as the louder (not majority) of people believe.

  • farragutmrg

    Compelling numbers to be sure, but some context or analysis would be welcome. Many useful questions have been asked below (eg, race of shooter/victim, actions of victim prior to being shot, per capita breakdown, open-carry laws). I would also add: “Was the victim armed at the time of the shooting?” and “Did either the victim or the officer have ‘histories’ (eg, did the victim have previous trouble with the law, or did the officer have a history of complaints or abuse)?” Also, “how does this current number of shootings compare to historical norms?”

  • daveletsgo

    As Trump put it America’s a hell hole Recent study has shown America rates at the bottom of every Social Science study The study concludes we are on pace to go the way of Soviet Union. Question is how long it will take.

Mornings are better with Visual Capitalist.coffee_email1

Thank you!
Given email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Please provide a valid email address.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.