May 31, 2015 7:00 am -


Police are fatally shooting people at twice the rate now than it’s been the last 10 years.

…at least 385 people [were] shot and killed by police nationwide during the first five months of this year, more than two a day, according to a Washington Post analysis. That is more than twice the rate of fatal police shootings tallied by the federal government over the past decade, a count that officials concede is incomplete.

“These shootings are grossly under­reported,” said Jim Bueermann, a former police chief and president of the Washington-based Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving law enforcement. “We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this information.”

A national debate is raging about police use of deadly force, especially against minorities. To understand why and how often these shootings occur, The Washington Post is compiling a database of every fatal shooting by police in 2015, as well as of every officer killed by gunfire in the line of duty. The Post looked exclusively at shootings, not killings by other means, such as stun guns and deaths in police custody…

●About half the victims were white, half minority. But the demographics shifted sharply among the unarmed victims, two-thirds of whom were black or Hispanic. Overall, blacks were killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities when adjusting by the population of the census tracts where the shootings occurred.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

2 responses to Fatal Shootings By Police Double

  1. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker May 31st, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Only in the USA…..
    No really, I mean this phenomenon is happening in only one country in the entire world.

  2. Sandy Turner June 1st, 2015 at 10:35 am

    When will you start counting Patients struggling with Untreated Severe mental illness that are being discharged (DUMPED) unstabilized at a rate much higher than two a day only to die by self violence (suicide) or at the hands of untrained fearful homicidal (outcome) police officers.