25 Numbers That Show Police Killings Are A Bigger Problem Than We Ever Thought



Number of people shot to death by police while wielding toy guns, according to the Post.



Number of children younger than 18 shot to death by police, according to The Post.



Age of the youngest people killed by police, according to the Post and The Guardian. Three were aged 16, according to the Guardian. Police said all had brandished or fired weapons at officers before they were killed.



Age of the oldest shooting victim, according to the Post. Police reported that an Oklahoma octogenarian had threatened officers with a machete before he was shot. The Guardian noted that an 87-year-old was killed after his vehicle was struck by a police cruiser.



Number of mentally ill people shot to death by police, according to the Post. The Guardian reported that 26 percent of all people killed by police “exhibited some sort of mental illness,” and in at least 29 cases, victims were identified as suicidal.


5 feet 4 inches, 120 pounds

The stature of Lavall Hall, a mentally ill black man killed by Florida police in February. Hall, 25, was dressed in boxer shorts and an undershirt and waving a broomstick when he was confronted by officers. A family member had called 911, reporting Hall was having a violent episode. Police said Hall attacked an officer, though video of the incident appears to show Hall repeatedly backing away from officers in the minute preceding his death.


1 in 13

Number of fatal shootings committed by police, compared with the U.S. total number of fatal shootings, according to the Post’s Christopher Ingraham:

Through June 1, there have been 5,099 gun deaths in the U.S., according to up-to-date numbers maintained by the Gun Violence Archive. Based on the 385 figure, that means that American police are responsible for about 1 in every 13 gun deaths in the country, or 8 percent. The Gun Violence Archive numbers include suicide as well as homicide, so the police-involved share of gun homicides would be even larger.



Number of police officers shot to death this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, an independent group that collects data on line-of-duty incidents. Eight of these were in May. A total of 54 officers have died in the line of duty in 2015. The second-leading cause of on-duty officer death is automobile accident.



Number of police officers feloniously killed in 2014, according to the FBI.



Number of officers killed by ambush in 2014, according to the FBI. Six of these killings were premeditated and two were reportedly unprovoked. Two officers have been killed by ambush in 2015. Law enforcement officials have repeatedly expressed concerns that protests against police brutality and misconduct create a dangerous climate for police officers. There doesn’t appear to be a statistical increase in lethal targeting of police officers.



Average number of officers feloniously killed each year from 1980 to 2014, according to the FBI. While the 51 officers killed in 2014 was 89 percent higher than in 2013, the 27 officers killed feloniously in 2013 was the fewest in at least 50 years.



Number of days left in 2015 from the date The Guardian’s tally was published.


At least 1

Number of people killed by police on the day The Guardian’s report was published. A suspect was killed early Monday in Palestine, Texas, after allegedly pointing a firearm at officers, police said.

This article has been updated with additional data from the Post regarding the rates at which different races were shot and killed by police.


By: Nick Wing


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