Police Killed More Than 1,100 Americans In 2017, Dramatic Drop In Officer Deaths
Police reportedly killed more than 1,100 Americans in 2017, but there was a dramatic drop in police officer deaths.
A new report from the organization Mapping Police Violence found that police killed 1,129 people in 2017, far more than any developed nation and most third-world countries.
A whopping 68 percent of Americans executed by police were unarmed. Twenty-five percent of the folks killed were black Americans who are only 13 percent of the U.S. population.
Brittany Packnett, who co-created the report, tweeted:
Today is an important day to remind you that police violence is far from over.
Today we release a new report reviewing over 1,100 killings by police in 2017. Gain a deeper understanding of police violence to inform solutions to address it:
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) December 28, 2017
Social justice activist DeRay Mckesson, who also who co-created the report, tweeted:
Today we release a new report reviewing over 1,100 killings by police in 2017. Our analysis suggests these killings could have been prevented. Learn more: https://t.co/Dl35AEkvc6
— deray (@deray) December 28, 2017
The Washington Post’s database found that police killed 976 Americans in 2017.
While several officers went on trial in 2017 for killing Americans, they were often found not guilty, reported AlterNet.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted in June 2017 after being charged for killing Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Minnesota in July 2016. Castile’s death was live-streamed on Facebook by his girlfreind Diamond Reynolds,
Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was acquitted in June for killing Sylville Smith after brief foot chase following a traffic stop in Milwaukee back in August 2016.
Prosecutors dropped a murder indictment in July against former University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing who killed Samuel DuBose in 2015.
In a surprise verdict, former South Carolina officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 20 years in December for killing an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, in 2015.
According to USA TODAY, the number of police officers killed in the line of duty in 2017 was the second-lowest in more than 50 years.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fun found that 128 officers died in the line of duty this year.
Craig Floyd, president and chief executive, of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, said:
This is one of those good-news, bad-news situations. On one hand, you had 128 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, showing the cost of public safety, but for the first time since 2013, the number of deaths has actually declined.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that 16 cops died from illnesses, such as heart attacks, while five drowned and four died from 9/11 related illnesses. Thirty-three officers died in car crashes, while 44 were shot and killed.
On Dec. 16, evangelist Franklin Graham asked his followers to pray for the police and President Donald Trump, but made no mention of the Americans killed by the police:
We need to stand behind those who risk their lives to protect us. President Trump said that he has their back 100%. Do you?? Show your appreciation for your law enforcement officers in the comments below.
Vox reported in May:
Police officers in the US shoot and kill hundreds of people each year, according to the FBI’s very limited data — far more than other developed countries like the UK, Japan, and Germany, where police officers might go an entire year without killing more than a dozen people or even anyone at all.
(Sources: The Washington Post, AlterNet, Brittany Packnett/Twitter, DeRay Mckesson/Twitter, USA TODAY, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Mapping Police Violence, Franklin Graham/Facebook, Vox)