A new study reveals that police are killing as many as three people a day.
The data, collected by the Washington Post newspaper documents that the number of citizens who have been shot by police in the United States is more than twice as high as the official figures claim.
During only the first five months of 2015, there were 385 people killed. Now with that figure rising exponentially since May, the average is just shy of three a day.
The study found a homicide rate of almost 2.6 per day by May, which has rise even higher since – more than double the FBI reports of 1.1 deaths per day during the past decade.
The paper reports that African Americans have been disproportionately high among those police victims. In most cases, these were unarmed victims.
The report found that African Americans are being killed by police at three times the rate of any other group, per capita.
Traditionally, the official statistics related to police shootings have relied on law enforcement reports.
Those statistics have estimated around 400 people per year being killed by police since 2008. But these new estimates show that the death toll has either always been much higher than reported, or these incidents are on the rise – still being under reported by the departments involved.
The government reports rely on self-reported figures from over 17,000 police departments. This includes both shootings that have been ruled justified as well as those in which officers have been criminally charged.
But in the Washington Post reports, investigators employed interviews, police reports, as well as local media reports and other sources, showing that police departments have been vastly underreporting such incidents.
“These shootings are grossly underreported,” former police chief Jim Bueermann said in an interview with the newspaper. “We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this information.”
(Article by M. David and Jackson Marciana)