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The Counted

The Counted

A new effort to aggregate data on police killings in the U.S. offers disturbing insight to the insidious violence of law enforcement. Some highlights from the data gathered so far include:

  • 464 people were killed in the first 5 months of 2015 (as of this posting the number has already risen to 470)
    • At this rate, there could be 1000 deaths by the end of the year
  • Nearly half of those killed (~46%) were people of color
  • African Americans were twice as likely as whites to be killed while unarmed

Compared to other tracking efforts, The Guardian’s is notable for its easy-to-use interface, including a number of filters for viewing the data.  The site relies on independently verified crowd-sourcing. If you are aware of a fatal incident in your own city or community, you can submit a report here.

For expanded analysis of data gathered by The Counted and other tracking efforts, check out this fact sheet from Mic.com – 25 Actual Facts About Police Brutality in America

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