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U.S. Data on Police Shootings and Violence

  • 15 % of civilians who experience police threat of or use of force during legal interventions are injured.

  • 250,000 An estimated 250,000 civilian injuries are caused by law enforcement officers annually.

  • 600 More than 600 people are killed by law enforcement in the U.S. each year.

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An officer of the California Highway Patrol making a traffic stop on southbound State Route 85 in Cupertino.
Interactions with law enforcement
In one year, more than 50 million persons in the U.S. have contact with police during a traffic stop, street stop, arrest, traffic accident or resident initiated contact.
Police wear body cameras attached to their vests.
Threat or use of force
About 1 million of these civilians experience police threat of or use of force during these interactions.
Protesters react to tear gas at George Floyd protests in Washington, D.C.
Non-fatal hospitalizations
Of the estimated 250,000 civilians injured each year by law enforcement, approximately 85,000 suffer a non-fatal injury requiring hospital treatment.
Flowers cover the streets outside Cup Foods at a memorial for George Floyd.
Racial disparities
Black males comprise 6.1 percent of the total U.S. population but 24.9 percent of all persons killed by law enforcement.

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