Another 1,000+ Killed by Police This Year—Here’s What It Means

Currently, 2017 is on track to becoming just as deadly a year in terms of the police killing of American citizens as 2016, and the numbers aren’t pretty. According to the police monitoring website, Killed by Policeas of December 19th, 2017, 1,142 people have been killed by American law enforcement since January 1st, 2017. This is compared to 2016, where KBP reports that 1,165 people were killed, and previous years which also saw over 1,000 people gunned down. While both The Guardian and The Washington Post dispute these exact numbers, they do so only within a narrow margin. The Washington Post states that 937 people were killed by police in 2017 and 963 in 2016, while The Guardian through it’s “The Counted” initiative, registered 1,093 people killed in 2016, but did not collect data for 2017. Meanwhile, Mapping Police Violence put the number of people killed in 2017 at 1,049.

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