Sunday, June 7, 2020

Police shoot and kill about 1,0000 people every year

Despite the unpredictable events that lead to fatal shootings, police nationwide have shot and killed almost the same number of people annually — nearly 1,000 — since 2015 the year the Washington Post began tracking officer involved fatal shootings.
Last year police shot and killed 1,004 people, 998 2018, 11 more than the 987 police fatally shot in 2017. In 2016, police killed 963 people, and 995 in 2015.
Probability theory may offer an explanation. It holds that the quantity of rare events in huge populations tends to remain stable absent major societal changes, such as a fundamental shift in police culture or extreme restrictions on gun ownership.
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