Police in the United States shot and killed 31 people during the first week of July, making it the deadliest such week of the year so far, reported the Washington Post.
This stretch ended with officers across the country shooting and killing eight people, the most police shootings that have occurred on any single day in 2015 — ending the deadliest week so far with the deadliest day.
These deaths push the total number of people fatally shot by police this year to 494 in a little over six months, according to a Washington Post analysis. That number easily exceeds the figures reported by the FBI for any single year since 1976, pointing to the incomplete nature of federal data, which relies on voluntary reporting and patchy information.
Due in part to this inadequate data, which has been highlighted repeatedly as a bizarre gap during the ongoing debate over how police officers use deadly force, The Washington Post is tracking every fatal shooting by a police officer in the line of duty in 2015. These stories are being collected in a database that includes details about each episode.
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