While the FBI does not bother keeping statistics of the American Body Count, the number of us who are killed by the police we pay taxes to so they can protect and serve us, and since most American media cannot be distracted from ISIS-a-palooza, it is a damn good thing a British newspaper is on this.
In 2015, according to the Guardian, a total of 1,134 Americans were killed by law enforcement officers. That is more than three a day, every day, for a full year. If that does not shock and horrify you, just stop here and go back to Cartoon Network, Spongebob still loves you.
Who is Getting Killed: African-Americans
The Guardian found that young black men were nine times more likely than anyone else to be killed by police this year. One in every 65 deaths of an African-American man between the ages of 15 and 34 is a killing by police, and that such victims comprised 15 percent of all police killings this year, despite making up only two percent of the population in the U.S.
The Guardian’s findings were corroborated by a parallel Washington Post investigation.
About 25 percent of African Americans killed by police were unarmed, compared with about 17 percent of white people killed. In New York state nine of the 25 people killed were unarmed. Seven of those were black men. Overall, white people, Hispanic, and others were half as likely to be killed as blacks.
Who is Getting Killed: Mentally Ill
Over 21 percent of those killed by police suffered from mental health issues.
Of 29 military veterans who were killed by police in 2015, at least eight were said to have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (thanks for your service!) Mental health issues were reported in relation to 246 people killed by police this year, more than one in every five cases.
Who is Getting Away with the Killing
Police were only charged with crimes in relation to only 18 of the 1,134 killings; however, this is actually more than three times as many indictments as previous years have seen. The Post reports:
According to the Post, six percent of the killings were captured by body cameras, although more than half of the departments where killings took place refused requests to release the video.
Of course they did.