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Report: U.S. Police Have Killed Almost 600 Americans In 2015

| by Michael Allen

Police and law enforcement have killed nearly 600 Americans, according to an interactive database.

"The Counted" is a database maintained by The Guardian. The numbers are crowdsourced by verified reports.

The Guardian notes that it created this database because "[t]he U.S. government has no comprehensive record of the number of people killed by law enforcement."

This is because it is voluntary, not mandatory, for local and state law enforcement to report their killings to the FBI.

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While The Counted lists 596 Americans killed by U.S. police in 2015, the numbers of people killed by police in European democracies are far less.

Deutsche Welle, a German news site, reported in 2014, "[T]here were eight fatalities in the past two years and 109 deaths by service weapons in Germany since 1998."

PRI reported in 2013 that Iceland had its first killing by a police officer in the history of the country ( since 1944).

The Economist noted in 2014: "Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans."

While Canada doesn't have a nationwide database on police killings, TheIndependent.ca estimated that Canadian cops kill about 25 people each year.

Sources: The Guardian 1, The Guardian 2, Deutsche Welle, PRI, The Economist, TheIndependent.ca
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