The U.S. Justice Department does not keep comprehensive statistics regarding individuals shot or killed by police – and the stats they do keep are grossly under-reported.
Every now and then however, national civil-liberties groups or local news stations do the best they can to accurately compile the numbers. The most recent instance comes from an NPR affiliate in Pasadena, California: KPCC.
The outlet has created a database of shootings by police officers in Los Angeles County over a five year period, and the results are startling.
Gleamed from paperwork from the L.A. County District Attorney’s and Medical Examiners office, the numbers show that from 2010 to 2014, police shot 375 people and none of the officers involved have been prosecuted.
Additionally the records show that about 25 percent of those individuals were unarmed.
Also of note is that according to the L.A. Times, officers with the Los Angeles City Police Department alone have opened fire 45 times this year – killing 19 – compared to just 23 such incidents during the same time last year.
Police Commission board President Matt Johnson called the numbers an “alarming development,” and has proposed an initiative to reduce officers use of force by reviewing the departments body camera protocol, training, and incidents were less-lethal equipment – like tasers and beanbag shotguns – have been deployed.
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