US police have killed hundreds this year, but the FBI still doesn’t keep count

In the first five months of 2015, US police forces fatally shot at least 385 people, The Washington Post reports. That’s more than two people per day, and more than double the amount of police killings on record for the last decade. But this doesn’t necessarily mean police are killing more people than they ever have, rather it’s indicative of the FBI’s known failure to keep a reliable, comprehensive database of police killings nationwide.

Jim Bueermann, a former police chief and president of the Police Foundation told the Post that police killings in the US are “grossly underreported.” “We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this information,” he said.

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Author: Lizzie Plaugic

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