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Reports: U.S. Police Shoot, Kill 2-3 People Every Day In 2015

| by Michael Allen

A new report claims that 385 people have been fatally shot by police officers in America so far this year.

The Washington Post reports that its number is based upon "interviews, police reports, local news accounts and other sources."

If 385 is correct, then American cops are fatally shooting 2.6 people per day, which is "more than twice the rate of fatal police shootings tallied by the federal government over the past decade, a count that officials concede is incomplete," reports The Washington Post.

The BBC notes that the U.S. government relies on about 17,000 law enforcement agencies to voluntarily report their numbers, but the agencies are not required to do so by law.

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Jim Bueermann, an ex-police chief and president of the Police Foundation, told The Washington Post, "These shootings are grossly underreported. We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this information."

However, The Washington Post added that it is only counting shootings, not killings by police using other methods, such as Tasers.

In contrast, the website KilledByPolice.net reports every type of killing police and references a media story as back up. In 2014, KilledByPolice.net counted 1104 killings by police, and reports 477 in 2015.

If correct, 477 would mean that American police have killed 3.18 people every day this year.

Sources: The Washington Post, BBC, KilledByPolice.net 1, KilledByPolice.net 2
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