Data: Red states have more police killings per capita than blue states

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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 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.

California has the highest death count so far this year, followed by Texas, Florida, and Arizona.


Red states have more police killings per capita than blue states, the group finds. Oklahoma leads the pack with 3.61 deaths per one million residents this year.


Shootings are the most likely way that killings happen. However, 12.7 percent of blacks killed by police have died from incidents involving the use of Tasers.


So far this year, March was the deadliest month the group has tracked. In that month, at least 113 people were killed by police, the group found.


Daniel Rivero is a producer/reporter for Fusion who focuses on police and justice issues. He also skateboards, does a bunch of arts related things on his off time, and likes Cuban coffee.

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