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U.S. Cops Have Killed Nearly 3 People Per Day In 2016, Report Says

| by Michael Allen
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Police in the U.S. have reportedly killed nearly three people per day so far in 2016.

According to The Counted, an online database maintained by The Guardian, American cops have killed 136 people in 2016 as of Feb. 18, which comes out to 2.8 people each day. Eight-three of the people were killed in January, while 53 were killed in February so far.

However, another website that tracks police killings, Fatal Encounters, found that 113 people were killed by police in January; almost four people per day, The Free Thought Project notes. The fact that there is currently no national reporting requirement for police-involved deaths may help to explain the differing statistics.

Fatal Encounters states that it is an "impartial, comprehensive and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement."

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Across the pond in the U.K., the organization Inquest found that British police fatally shot three people in 2015, one in 2014, none in 2013, one in 2012 and two in 2011, for a total of seven deaths in five years.

The Counted lists all but one of the 136 people killed by U.S. police as death by "gunshot."

Ten cops have been killed in the U.S. in the line of duty in 2016 as of Feb. 19; eight by gunfire, one in a car accident, and one by an aircraft accident, according to the Officer Down Memorial page.

Sources: The Guardian, Inquest, The Free Thought Project, Officer Down Memorial Page, Fatal Encounters / Photo Credit: Kyle Moore/Wikimedia, Dave Hosford/Flickr

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