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In a year that has seen more than 1,000 people killed by law enforcement in the United States, The Guardian has pinpointed the country's "most lethal" county in terms of police violence.

Police officers in Kern County, Calif., are reportedly responsible for killing more local residents per capita than in any other county in the country. According to "The Counted"—The Guardian's yearlong investigation into fatal police violence in the U.S.—authorities have killed 13 people in Kern, approximately 1.5 people per 100,000 residents.


"I want to make sure that the citizens of this community know that we all have to hold these people accountable, even though they wear the badge," the father of Jorge Ramirez, an informant killed by police gunfire, told The Guardian. "Our son is gone, you know? The only the we can do from this moment on is be his voice."

"The Counted" reports that 1,040 people—disproportionately black and Native American—have been killed by law enforcement in the U.S. this year. The Washington Post's police violence database, which focuses only on police-involved shootings, reports that 894 people have been fatally shot by police in 2015. Independent research group Mapping Police Violence has yet to publish their monthly report for November.

The Guardian, The Washington Post, Mapping Police Violence, and other groups began compiling data on police violence because the federal government maintains no such comprehensive database, at odds with increased mainstream media coverage of the ways in which communities of color are policed.

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