Where Can You Find Police Shooting Statistics?


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The FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both compile statistics on police shootings. Journalistic entities such as The Washington Post, CNN and ProPublica have produced articles that provide statistics and analyses of police shooting data, according to their websites.

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As of 2016, the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program collects national data on homicides, which includes statistics on killings by peace officers in the line of duty. Law enforcement classifies these shootings as justifiable homicides and tabulates them in a separate table. The most recent data compiled in this table spans the period from 2008 to 2012, and in its summary, the FBI notes that law enforcement personnel committed 720 justifiable homicides in 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website provides a fatal injury database that includes numbers on fatalities from legal intervention. Its data from 2014 reports 515 deaths, which includes all ages, races and sexes.

A May 2015 story in The Washington Post compiled data from police records, Internet sources and news reports that separated police shootings in 2015 into categories such as age, race and sex. A CNN story from December 2014, pointed out that national statistics on police shootings are incomplete and unverified, because police departments are not required to furnish information about officer shootings. A ProPublica story in December 2014, reported that Florida police departments have not submitted data to the FBI since 1997, and New York City stopped reporting data in 2007.

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