How Many People are Killed by Police in U.S.? Who Knows?

Feb. 06, 2014

Hereís a pitch for a procedural: Cops track down the number of police shootings in the United States in a given year. Why should that require any detective work? Itís that there are currently no national statistics on how many people are shot by police each year.

In some areas, such as Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Massachusetts, police shootings have increased, according to a report in Salon. Whether those numbers can be extrapolated to a national trend is not known though. Police departments are not required to release data on how many civilians are shot by officers each year and many donít.

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