American Police Are Shooting And Killing More Than 2 People Per Day In 2015

Tyler Durden's picture

On Saturday we introduced readers to the “Ferguson Effect”. The idea is that the recent spate of prosecutions and instances of social unrest that followed a series of events involving perceived police misconduct directed at African Americans have made police officers gun shy — literally. 

Here’s what Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of “Are Cops Racist?” Heather Mac Donald wrote in a WSJ piece:

This incessant drumbeat against the police has resulted in what St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson last November called the “Ferguson effect.” Cops are disengaging from discretionary enforcement activity and the “criminal element is feeling empowered,” Mr. Dotson reported. Arrests in St. Louis city and county by that point had dropped a third since the shooting of Michael Brown in August. Not surprisingly, homicides in the city surged 47% by early November and robberies in the county were up 82%.


Similar “Ferguson effects” are happening across the country as officers scale back on proactive policing under the onslaught of anti-cop rhetoric. Arrests in Baltimore were down 56% in May compared with 2014.

Note this passage: “Cops are disengaging from discretionary enforcement activity and the ‘criminal element is feeling empowered.’” That, according to Mac Donald, is why crime is up across many American cities.

A second set of data casts considerable doubt on that thesis. According to The Washington Post, fatal police shootings have doubled with law enforcement now killing more than two people every day. 

Via WaPo:

[At least] 385 people [have been] shot and killed by police nationwide during the first five months of this year, more than two a day, according to a Washington Post analysis. That is more than twice the rate of fatal police shootings tallied by the federal government over the past decade, a count that officials concede is incomplete.


“These shootings are grossly under­reported,” said Jim Bueermann, a former police chief and president of the Washington-based Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving law enforcement. “We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this information.”

That doesn’t sound too much like a police force that is now “disengaging from discretionary enforcement.” Here are some of WaPo’s findings from an ongoing investigation:

About half the victims were white, half minority. But the demographics shifted sharply among the unarmed victims, two-thirds of whom were black or Hispanic. Overall, blacks were killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities when adjusting by the population of the census tracts where the shootings occurred.


The vast majority of victims — more than 80 percent — were armed with potentially lethal objects, primarily guns, but also knives, machetes, revving vehicles and, in one case, a nail gun.

Forty-nine people had no weapon, while the guns wielded by 13 others turned out to be toys. In all, 16 percent were either carrying a toy or were unarmed.

So America's "disengaged" police are shooting to kill at twice the rate they were in previous years and unsurprisingly, you are far more likely to be a victim if you are black or Hispanic. Further, the majority of cases involving the death of unarmed "suspects" involved minorities. 

Here are the visuals...

As for Mac Donald's implicit contention that a looming increase in police prosecutions is likely discouraging officers from doing their jobs, it seems like the jury is out on that as well (no pun intended):

Police are authorized to use deadly force only when they fear for their lives or the lives of others. So far, just three of the 385 fatal shootings have resulted in an officer being charged with a crime — less than 1 percent.


The low rate mirrors the findings of a Post investigation in April that found that of thousands of fatal police shootings over the past decade, only 54 had produced criminal ­charges. Typically, those cases involved layers of damning evidence challenging the officer’s account. Of the cases resolved, most officers were cleared or acquitted.

At the end of the day, the "Ferguson Effect" may indeed exist, but the above seems to indicate that it operates in exactly the opposite way as its proponents suggest.

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cherry picker's picture

Some of them enjoy it.  It is like a turkey shoot.  I remember seeing that one cop shooting the unarmed black guy in the back as he was running away.  The cop was pretty nonchalant about it.

But they are protecting all of those who voted for government snooping from those who stood by bill of rights and constitution.

TeamDepends's picture

Just like speeding tickets, there are quotas.

Future Jim's picture

People killed 59 police in 2014 and Police killed 1100 people. That is based on collected news reports - not on government statistics.

CSA's picture

I've seen what cops do and deal with for a living.  I am highly surprised there aren't more cop killings.  

Headbanger's picture

So what!  How many people are killed eaxch day by drowning, accidents at home, wrong medications, falling branches, slipping on ice, carbon monoxide..??

Get a clue sheeple!

It's a very dangerous world out there so don't piss off a cop cause you have plenty else out to kill you.


Ghordius's picture

how many people in your country are killed by the police... or terrorists... or foreign invasions? your argument goes many ways, you know?

Headbanger's picture

What's your point?

Never mind.  You don't have one.

Do you?

Welll...... We're waiting..

Ghordius ... Mental Masturbation Champion of ZH!

Ghordius's picture

a couple of opinions, imho. one is that the demand for a police force not to use military-style "rules of engagement" has little to do with how many people risk being killed by the police

Headbanger's picture

Oh la de dah.. Let's DEMAND something at that will change it

La la la la la.... 

Do yourself a big favor

And stay away and out of the real world.

Ghordius's picture

yes, if you demand, and insist on your demands... explain Gandhi and his followers, if you can. or how they confronted the biggest empire on earth and it's police forces

freedom is a demand. civility is a demand. justice is a demand. and your demand sounds like: "demands are useless". why?

Gobbler's picture
Gobbler (not verified) Laowei Gweilo Jun 1, 2015 1:36 AM

All those people had it coming.  America is the home of many outrageous criminals.  The cops need to shoot more rather than less.  Word to your mother.

This is it's picture

Not enough. There are too many Americans!

Make space for the Chinese man.

e_goldstein's picture

Well we do need our railways modernized, don't we?

Gobbler's picture
Gobbler (not verified) e_goldstein Jun 1, 2015 1:55 AM

I have wonderful news.  There be a leprechaun up in the tree.  Peace.

snodgrass's picture
New Data: It’s Still about Black-on-Black Crime by Heather Mac Donald December 11, 2014 The FBI has just released its supplemental homicide data for 2012, including the numbers of interracial killings. These are highly relevant for the current rallying cry that “black lives matter.” Unfortunately, the FBI continues its usual practice of combining whites and Hispanics into the single category “white,” thus overstating white crime and victimization rates. Even so, the data are telling. A “white” homicide victim is over twice as likely to be killed by a black than a black homicide victim is to be killed by a “white.” Sixteen percent of “white” victims in homicide incidents involving a single victim and single offender were killed by blacks, compared with only 7 percent of black victims who are killed by “whites.” Given the fact that blacks are less than 13 percent of the national population, their homicide rate against whites and Hispanics combined is vastly disproportionate to their share of the population. There were 431 black killers of “whites,” compared to 193 “white” killers of blacks. Undoubtedly a large percentage of interracial killings involve gang killings among black and Hispanic gangs; the number of non-Hispanic whites who kill blacks is undoubtedly far lower than 193. (The number of non-Hispanic whites killed by blacks is also presumably lower than 431.) Blacks are also disproportionately represented among cop killers. In 2013, blacks made up 42 percent of all cop killers whose race was known. It is tempting to say in response to this latest data, drearily repetitive of everything that went before it, that “white lives matter.” Of course that would be racist. But it is precisely in response to the disproportionate criminality among the black population that the police are deployed in much higher numbers in black neighborhoods, where they are trying to save innocent lives. There are thousands of law-abiding inner-city blacks who live by bourgeois values and who need protection from criminals. Only the police are willing to provide that protection. Their mantra could be “black lives matter.” The 200 or so reported killings of blacks by police officers — nearly all justified — pale in comparison to the 6,000 or so killings of blacks by other blacks.

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Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Crime data massage is the next frontier for the multiculturalists.  Soon, we wont hard good data on violent crime by ethnicity.

CSA's picture

So the data suggests Afro Americans are disproportionately killing cops at a rate 3 or more times their population %?  Say it ain't so!

Uber Vandal's picture

In all of 2014, 126 Law Enforcement Officers were killed in the line of duty.

Also note in the link above, the number of officers who were killed by automobile / traffic accidents (49) is nearly equal to those killed by firearms (50).



Augustus's picture

A better article and review of the Ferguson Effect from the Wall Street Journal:

The New Nationwide Crime Wave The consequences of the ‘Ferguson effect’ are already appearing. The main victims of growing violence will be the inner-city poor.


The nation’s two-decades-long crime decline may be over. Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America. In Baltimore, the most pressing question every morning is how many people were shot the previous night. Gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, according to Baltimore police, with 32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend. May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years.

In Milwaukee, homicides were up 180% by May 17 over the same period the previous year. Through April, shootings in St. Louis were up 39%, robberies 43%, and homicides 25%. “Crime is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said St. Louis Alderman Joe Vacarro at a May 7 City Hall hearing.

Murders in Atlanta were up 32% as of mid-May. Shootings in Chicago had increased 24% and homicides 17%. Shootings and other violent felonies in Los Angeles had spiked by 25%; in New York, murder was up nearly 13%, and gun violence 7%.

Those citywide statistics from law-enforcement officials mask even more startling neighborhood-level increases. Shooting incidents are up 500% in an East Harlem precinct compared with last year; in a South Central Los Angeles police division, shooting victims are up 100%.

NoPension's picture

I listened to an interview on public radio, about the Cleveland trial for the cop that shot the two 'perps" through the windshield while standing on the hood. The cop was exonerated by a judge.
The interview was of a guy that ran a cop non- profit org and donated to the cop's defense.

And all I needed to hear was that pig say the word " civilian".

Fuck the police.

BeansMcGreens's picture

The local tv anchor girl in this area was reporting the Waco killing of the bikers by the police, she said fortunately no "civilians" were killed. And was quite serious while saying it.

Ward cleaver's picture

This site has been left to the unicorn and rainbow lovers. Hey pal, hoping you're a "knockout victim"

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

The knockout game mythology still exists? Wow, it must have come back around. So you are saying that because a few asshole kids punched people and posted the videos on YouTube, it should be ok for cops to assassinate people? You probably still worry about getting an envelope full of anthrax in the mail right?

NoWayJose's picture

Actually, the Ferguson et al scenarios have created a two part divergence among cops - so both viewpoints are in play. Some cops are standing down -- but other cops are also pulling the trigger even earlier than before. Cops have two things they value today - making it home at the end of the shift, and making sure there is no Ferguson replay that ends their career. Somewhere way back in third place is enforcing the laws created by the politicians who trash-talk cops???

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Again with the "getting home at the end of the shift" shit. You fucking drama queens do realize that more delivery drivers and construction workers die on the job than cops each year. The incessant desire for sympathy about the dangers of your chosen profession is pathetic! If the job is so scary and the politicians are so mean and hurtful, quit the job and get a new one. Isn't that what we tell whiny fast food workers on here?!

gwar5's picture

Butcept WAPO does not do investigations anymore. They call up the WH and ask them what they should say.

snodgrass's picture

Okay, let's stop the police from doing their job and turn cities over to the thugs. Instant Fergusons, Detroits and Baltimores. What these peope are arguing for is for American cities to resemble third world countries. But don't complain if they turn into no man's land. Don't complain that the police aren't doing their job. Just shut the fuck up and let the "diversity" kill each other and burn the cities to the ground because that's all they are capable of.

Urban Redneck's picture

No people are not arguing for American cities to resemble third world countries.  US CITIES ARE THIRD WORLD.  

Police in the civilized world don't kill residents and citizens day in and day out.  

Police in the civilized world don't misunderestimate a count of the few residents and citizens they do kill.  

Police in the civilized world actually face the possibility of criminal trial in the event that they kill a citizen or resident.


Uncle Sam has got you brainwashed into thinking you live in a civilized country.

snodgrass's picture

Police kill when faced with people pointing guns at them or who are committing crimes and threaten them. There are instances when the police over-react, but they are not supposed to be sitting ducks either. If you don't know the facts about crime in big cities, shut the fuck up. If you're just a shill for the further destruction of America, drop dead asshole.

Urban Redneck's picture

You really don't get it, and you are apparently nothing more than useful idiot of the fascists.  

In the absence of rule of law-- the law (and any notion that the police or their families have a civic "right to life") does not exist, there is only force.  

The police have brought this upon themselves and upon society, by placing themselves above the law.

We joke about Islam being a cult of troglodytes stuck in the Dark Ages, but your notion of society and social order is about 1000 years more primitive than Muhammed.  

You think you understand "crime in the big cities" but yet cannot wrap your mind around the notion that moar of what is not working will not fix the problem, the neo-Keynesian debt paradigm only functions in textbooks, not the real world.   

And no, I won't shut the fuck up or drop dead.

WeeWilly's picture

Oh yeah UR, you are SO informed. I was a cop for 30 years and have been teaching about CJ for the 6 years since I've been retired. Are their problems with individual cops? Sure. Are the great majority of cops in the business to serve folks and protect the sheep? Sure. But you and so many ZHers sit on the couch and throw rocks at men and women who are in the game. Quit being such a closed minded jerk, look at the big picture and give the good cops a freaking break. They sacrifice a lot so you can sit and bash them.

boattrash's picture

WW, I have trouble agreeing with that mostly "good cop" thing you speak of. My family had first-hand experience with 3 agencies that BLATANTLY fucked up, and assaulted my nephew and his mother. All 3 agencies plus, county and state judicial branches were in on the cover-up/thin blue line protection bullshit that they play these days.
Until LEOs start Policing their own Depts. and stop protecting the "few bad cops" there are damned few "good cops" to be found.

CSA's picture

So everyone was lying except your nephew and his mother?

PhoQ's picture

That IS how it works in the real world, sonny.

boattrash's picture

CSA, Yep, that's exactly what I'm saying. All the way from the excuse for initiating the stop, throughout the police reports, and throughout the trials, appeals, depositions, Etc...
Which, if you are not aware, are actual crimes (perjury, falsifying records, just to name a couple).
Just to keep shit straight, I'll add that this was not dragged into court for money either. When this shitshow happened, my brother, (husband and father of the victims) made only 3 fucking requests; Drop the charges. Apologize. Remove the participating cops from their jobs.  (He didn't even ask them to pay medical costs).
PS Two of three Dash-Cams failed to record the events, as did the Taser Data Recorder, (which was used on a non-combative 16 yr old, no less than 6 times, for walking a Schnauzer with his mom, literally feet from their own house). BTW, the nephew passed the 19 panel drug screen that they conducted on him, could you? Also the Schnauzer they were walking, was called in to dispatch as a Pit-Bull.
But, you can put your rose colored glasses back on, stick your head back in the sand, or troll on. I really don't give a shit either way.

Urban Redneck's picture

I am looking at the big picture, you, however, are not.  This year's homicide by cop data is actually not a satitistically significant increase from last year.  Approximately 2/3 of those arrested and 3/4 charged with violent offences State courts are convicted, and over 90% by pleading guilty.  Where are the convictions for last year's homicidal cops? And the convictions for prior years' homicidal cops?  Oh yeah, they were all innocent... The dirty blue line somehow legitimately defies statistical probability. There is no Rule of Law in the United States.  Both oligarchy and tyranny are actually improvements over from the absence of rule of law in the classical tradition.  

The problem is larger than individual cops, it is systemic and endemic.  The status quo is the problem.  

There is no excuse for murdering a civilian who is not brandishing a weapon or otherwise immediately threatening the lives of others.  Looking at the longer term picture in the civilized world- the threats that police face in the urban slums Europe are no different than those faced in the United States, yet the police manage not to kill innocent and unarmed civilians (with some notable exceptions like Paris, 1961).  Moreover, for decades European police have faced far larger and more regularly deadly terrorist threats than those faced by police in the United States, yet the police manage not to kill innocent and unarmed civilians.  Even in Third World shitholes like Yemen, Southern Thailand, or West Africa the sort of shit that the police claim is acceptable with regards to killing civilians in the United States is not tolerated.  Moar money, more cops, more guns, more laws, more jailtime is not a solution.  You've had 30 years to make it work in US urban centers, and it doesn't, because it can't.  

So with 30 years experience... where does the blame lie for the failure to charge anyone in the murder of Eric Garner-- with a Richmond County grand jury where it is almost statistically impossible to secure an indictment against a police officer, or with District Attorney Daniel Donovan who didn't even have to throw his presentation because the outcome was assured when he went the grand jury route?

I may be sitting on a couch this morning, but I used to be one of the guys who went into third world shit holes to fix things when local police officers and their entire families were being slaughtered by either disgruntled terrorists or angry civilian mobs, and law enforcement failures had become strategic threats to governance.  Whitewashing police abuses, civilian murder, and "more of the same" (guns/laws/jails) was never a workable solution.  However, when the chickens come home to roost for the US police, you're damn right- I will be happy to throw rocks and "I told you so's".    

Edit: There is another "notable exception" worth menthioning even if it's not really part of Europe... the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, where for 30 years there was "your version" (police supremacy) practiced side by side with a slightly less fascist alternative across the Irish Sea against a single adversary... Polce supremacy never won, and wound up costing more lives and money on both sides.

usednabused's picture

Awww, those poor fucking pigs. Sacrifice you say? Sacrifice what? Tell me how fucking rough it is now. Seems to me they're rather good at the taking, not the giving. And I can see why they turn into such assholes with fuckheads such as you teaching them to guard the 'sheep' as you said.

XitSam's picture

You're part of the problem.

nmewn's picture

Well outside of the widow down at the end of the block I would agree, they can have city life, I was born and raised there, its not for me.

Got into too many fights and the lawyers are the only ones making the real


Apparently ambulance chasing lawyers are now reading ZH ;-)

NoPension's picture

I'm from Baltimore, so I know the answer for that turd burg.

Do any of these cities have "shall issue" concealed carry?

So they make ME a criminal by infringing my rights?

Two points. The police are over militarized, and too big for their britches. They are now " above the law". It doesn't apply to them, the law is for "civilians".

Point 2. They will NEVER succeed in the big cities. Big cities are full of niggers. Niggers, over 25%, ruin everything they touch. They are uncivilized, low IQ on average, breed uncontrollably, have too much testosterone and are generally the pack mule of the human race. They cannot, and never have, successfully run an organization, much less a city or country. And until this FACT is faced, your pissing in the wind. No amount of money, training, schooling,set asides, social engineering will fix this problem. Even blacks KNOW this. All blacks are not niggers. And successful blacks get the fuck away and stay away from niggers as soon as and whenever possible. Limit the presence to 25%, and the other 75% will keep them in line. Over that, your fucked.

There, I said it. I believe it. It's true. It's provable. But THEY won't test. Or investigate. Or, Lord knows, admit it. Downvotes away, and try to dream it away.
Now THEY, the leaders, need to admit it, understand and identify their problem, and deal with it. But they won't. So, you are all fucked, and resigned to this stupid bullshit, at least until collapse, civil war and a thorough thinning of the herd.

Bright and cheery today, huh?

You hear a news flash. Baby mauled by a dog! What kind of dog is it?
You hear a news flash. Riots and looting. 85% babies out of wedlock. Who is doing it?

I did not make it so. To solve the problem, you need to identify it. Accurately.
You can't fix a flat tire by changing the oil.

Stop the war on drugs. Stop the war on poverty. Stop the war on terrorism. We will figure it out.

NoPension's picture

I don't wish to be banned. Usually, I keep these thoughts to myself. I have been well trained and manipulated by the system to not spout such blasphemy.

But I keep hearing press conference after press conference. Interviews on the boob tube. Articles on the web.
We need more money. Better training. Better schools. Better housing. Food. This. That. The other thing.
And how many listen or watch, and say ( to themselves, under their breath) , eh, no. The problem is _________.

And we expect cops to solve the problem. And the violence gets ratcheted up on both sides, and eventually spills out into greater society.

And that's where we are now. I don't want to " hate" a man or woman for their chosen profession. I remember cops differant. If you where not a hoodlum or a criminal, they where pretty cool. If you slipped, and drove drunk or other stupidity, you could expect a ride home. Now, you are assigned a dollar value. If you can pay, your bled dry. If you can't, your locked up ( big bucks in that), or fuck it, shot.
Here we are.

CSA's picture

So society expects a 24 or 25 year old to solve generational societal problems?  They are dealing with parents who can't raise their own kids and are twice their age.

Cops should be there to enforce observed law violations only, not fix people's lives who don't and won't fix it themselves.

BlussMann's picture

You nailed it. When the societies were segregated and George Washington Carver was their role model there was mutual respect and overall a very decent nation.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Zero Klan Hedge strikes again, and 3 upvotes so far.  For fuck's sake.  Bankers and oligarchs are destroying America from the inside out, and fuck holes like you want to blame black people?  Explain to me again which black owned corporations are too big to fail, and which of them decided to send $750B in our tax dollars to themselves because it was a nice round number.   I feel much greater kindred to an angry black man burning down whatever is before him than I do to a bunch of pussy ZH "libertarians" winking at each other about typing "nigger" in public, behind a username.

Counterpunch's picture
Counterpunch (not verified) LetThemEatRand May 31, 2015 11:53 PM


Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Separate issues, you are mixing them.  Over here, you have niggers doing what they do best.  Civilization, industry, self-reliance . . . They dont do any of that.  They run, shoot, and steal.  So unless they are installed like Preezy as a token Negro on da Board, the TBTF aren't run by blacks.  For the same reasons there is no first world country in Africa.  It takes balls to identify the truth over the heavy-handed propaganda we are all fed.  What you call a coward I call an act of hope and bravery.  But dont worry, if the shit jumps off, stand with the coons.  See where that gets you.


Over there, you have multi-national coporations consolidating power and grinding the bones of millions of serfs.  They either co-opt the populace with bread and circuses (like the niggers), or they give 'em the thugcop treatment.I suspect you come closer to seeing this truth than the former.

Cardinal Fang's picture

Why am I not surprised that you feel kindred with mindless, rioting, looting, arsonist cowards?

I am guessing it is the mindless part.

And maybe the coward part, too.


One And Only's picture

"Explain to me again which black owned corporations are too big to fail"

Remind me of a black owned corporation that created something of value?

Fun Facts's picture

protocol #2 - Start fights between different races, classes and religions