Yesterday, April 8, 2015: Four people killed by police. The day before that, April 7, 2015: Three people killed by police.
April 4, 2015– the day that Walter Scott was killed by a police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina– five people killed by police.
These stats are being compiled, day in, day out, by the website KilledByPolice.com using media reports. Ever since starting the site on May 1, 2013, the site has tracked 2,183 different cases of people being killed by police, with 316 cases so far this year.
“Inclusion [ in the database] implies neither wrongdoing nor justification on the part of the person killed or the officer involved,” says the organization. “The post merely documents the occurrence of a death.”
Thanks to compiling stats for so long (nobody else is doing it), the group has actually been able to make some real analysis of the data. Here’s a couple of interactives that show their findings.