Breakdown Of US Citizens Killed By Cops In 2016

Tyler Durden's picture

In the U.S. a total of 509 citizens have been killed this year alone by police. The body count for the previous year stands at a grand total of 990 people shot dead, according to the Washington Post. As the below infographic from Statista shows, most of those killed by police are male and white. 123 of those shot were Black Americans. This is a relatively high share, keeping in mind that close to 13 percent of Americans belong to that ethnic group.

Infographic: Breakdown of U.S. citizens killed by police in 2016 | Statista
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What’s also disturbing is that according to the data compiled by the Washington Post a big proportion of those killed obviously showed signs of mental illness. Of the 509 killed this year at least 124 were thought to be suffering from such conditions.

Many of those killed carried guns according to police records. In at least 22 cases officers mistook toy guns for the real thing.

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CL Spec's picture

White is bigger than black. Dats rayciss...

mary mary's picture


As I said, I bet the cop was a member of the Police Union and the Church.

I also imagine his wife had given him hell over something or other.

People better wake up and start voting in local elections.

Hungman's picture

Hispanic name and asian looking usually mean Filipino. Same differene just clarifying. 

Supernova Born's picture

Given the following it is a strange coincidence that the man Officer Yanez shot was named Castile.

From Wikipedia:

Spaniards are referred by Filipinos as "Kastila" (Castilian) named after the former Kingdom of Castile, now a region of Spain. The majority of the Filipinos of Spanish descent are of Andulusian origin, while a minority are Catalan or Basque descents. Another term for them is "Hispano Filipinos".

Clashfan's picture

Why is the steering wheel column on the right side of the car? Where is blood splatter from someone hit by four shots at point blank range?

Why are they pulled over on the wrong side of the road? Where are the gas/brake pedals?

How was the girl removed from the car so quickly?

Some of these qs may have easy answers--but all of them?

SWRichmond's picture

If you read the Daily Mail article (a non-US news organization to which we Americans apparently need to turn in order to find out what is going on in the US, because the US media is entirely captured), you see that that Philando Castille was cited by police 32 times in the past 14 years:

Now it can be disclosed that Castile, 32, has been pulled over by at least 31 times in the last 14 years since he got his driver's license and charged with a string of misdemeanor violations.

So we have "Broken Windows" policing model at work.  Recall, the Broken Windows Policing model says that you cite / arrest for every little thing, and that will clean up your society.  Mostly, of course, it accomplishes three things: a) it puts lots of money in municipal and state coffers (and in a collapsing economy where tax revenues are falling, governments like this very much), b) by providing an engine for interactions between police and "citizens" it provides officers with the opportunity to get their 2 and 20 (2 arrests and 20 citations each month) as in "is that pot I smell?", and c) it provides opportunities for use of force.  In other words, it is an engine of use of force.

It is, in my opinion, extremely important to recall this fact: when you are "pulled over" by police, you are being detained, the policeman is initiating force against you.  A man with a gun is threatening you with force and detaining you, apparently in the case of the tragic Mr Castille, who was otherwise peaceably going about his business, for having a broken taillight lens on his car, a crime for which he is now dead.  And the question I must insist we ask is this: IS THIS THE KIND OF SOCIETY WE WANT TO LIVE IN?  I for one do not.

If the police are genuinely here to protect and serve, then a long list of things has to change, but mostly this:

"There oughtta be a law" - police enforce "laws", and everyone seems willing to make everything they don't like into something which is "illegal", and for which one can be "cited" or "arrested" by police.  People don't understand, and politicians seem unwilling to explain, that you put people's lives at risk everytime you pass a new "law".  As far as I am concenred, if I am not directly threatening you or harming you then what I am doing is my business and my business alone, and you all can take your "laws" and shove them where the sun doesn't shine.  But most of you seem willing to insist that I change my behaviour to suit you, and you are willing to send armed men to make me do things your way.

So maybe we could help the cops out some by not putting them in this position, and I am sure that would help us all out as well.

LMAOLORI's picture
Cops have every right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty as the rest of us.



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Jethro Dull's picture

Uh, maybe you ought to listen to the actual Police Audio. He was pulled over because he looks like (very much so) an armed robbery suspect.

SWRichmond's picture

Uh, so if I happen to look like someone it is OK for cops to kill me?

You are a fucking idiot.

Psquared's picture

The police warned bystanders that if they used their phones to video what was happening their phones would be cofiscated as evidence. In other words, "we don't want anyone to see what we are doing." (Since it was after the fact.)

LMAOLORI's picture


Who brings their 4 year old daughter for a ride with drugs and a gun?  That's what this guy and his side ho did.

Confirmed – Philando Castile Was an Armed Robbery Suspect – False Media Narrative Now Driving Cop Killings


#BlackLiesMatter: #PhilandoCastile’s Side Chick Lied About Everything, Gun, Smoked Weed With Kid in The Car



Lawyer: Officer who shot Philando Castile reacted to gun, not race

LetThemEatRand's picture

24% of all killed are black, versus 13% of the population, so there is in fact a disproportionate number of blacks being killed by police.  That said, it is a meaningless statistic because we have no way of knowing how many altercations involved various racial groups.   Assuming that police are more likely to face a potentially violent situation in poor areas, and that poor areas involve a disproportionately larger number of blacks, the stats may actually demonstrate that cops are less likely to kill blacks during encounters.  

Ex-Oligarch's picture

The proportion of violent crimes committed by blacks (22.4% based on 2012-13 DOJ statistics) is also greater than their percent of the population. 

GernB's picture

So the number of blacks committing violent crimes is in line with the number of blacks killed by cops.  I wonder if the author of the article knew that and was trying to deliberately mislead his readers?

Fish Gone Bad's picture

So I guess the conversation has been changed from Hillary being to sell-out, friend killing, cattle futures playing, rapist lesbian spy.  That didn't take long.  Hillary must be grinning from ear to ear right about now.

undertow1141's picture

Oh we haven't forgotten her. HAve you seen her god awful tweets today?

drstrangelove73's picture

And nearly identical the percentage of blacks killed by police :22.4% =very close to 24%.
So,it does add up.
More violent crime,more death due to police encounters.
Thus Endeth the lesson...

DosZap's picture

Black males account for 6% of the population, yet account for 40% of LE officers being shot.Approx 8000 black are murdered each year, 90% by other blacks.Drugs and Bangers.Knowing these stats as a cop, would YOU not be quite a bit more leery roling up on an a black male for ay traffic stop?.


Bay Area Guy's picture

WaPo had an interesting article that had a customizable database of police killings in 2015 and YTD in 2016. I looked at 2015, mainly for the annual data. A total of 990 people were killed and, like your numbers, this database showed blacks getting killed at roughly twice what demographics would predict. The database also allowed you to look at subsets, including incidents where the victim was unarmed. Those numbers indicated blacks being killed between 3 and 3.5 times the number predicted by demographics.

As to why, I think your explanation is a reasonable one.

BruntFCA's picture

Total killed is <200 per year. Far less than most accidental deaths. However, *the media would have blacks belive* that there is a Mad Max - Death Race 2000 killing spree going on.

In the way Goebels was guilty for Kristalnacht, the US media is complicit in causing race hate crimes.

Bay Area Guy's picture

WaPo had it at 990 in 2015.  Not saying it's right.  Just saying that's the number they have.  I'm sure different sources have different numbers.  I chose WaPo because it was customizable and because, had I wanted, I could drill down to each individual death and look at the circumstances they reported.

drstrangelove73's picture

Yes.We are being inundated with propaganda Goebbels would have blushed to produce...

bigkahuna's picture

woe to those who use msm and politicans as a source of truth  ...woe

quax's picture

He really didn't blush easily, unless Leni Riefenstahl talked to him that is.

Maynard G. Krebs's picture

Lieutenant Briggs: Suppose they panic and start shooting? 

Harry Callahan: Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot!

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) LetThemEatRand Jul 8, 2016 6:41 PM

LetThemEatRand - On the whole I agree with you.

But... One nit: Being poor has little to do with crime - as in causing it.  It is a values thing.  There are still plenty of poor areas in the country with low crime (see Appalachia - poor and white for example). 

When the government (your tax money) comes in and tells baby mommas not to fret over raising her herds - to pop out as many as she can - many of the little tykes grow up to be wild animals (read crime, rape, no self control, etc.).  They don't have fathers and mothers to teach them right from wrong and keep them in line.  Listen to Walter Williams ("Black By Popular Demand"), head of the George Mason economics department some time.  He'll tell you what it was like to be poor **and** have little crime where he grew up in inner city Philadelphia.

Anyway, probably stuff that you already know but it should be mentioned...  Poor doesn't cause crime.  Crime often times causes poor.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Agreed.  I see two additional points.  1) poor areas tend to have more drug dealing/drug dealers.  Drug dealers can be violent because they have to be.  They sell an illegal product, and the cops want them to go to prison for a long time.  If drugs were legal, this issue would go away.  2) poor areas have more desperate people, and some of them may want to fight rather than go to prison if caught stealing or robbing.  Can't do much about the second one.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) LetThemEatRand Jul 8, 2016 7:01 PM

Agreed.  I wonder - if drugs were legalized would the now defunct dealers get into something else or would they live "by the law" making little or no money?

GernB's picture

What would be interesting would be percentages of unarmed poor whites killed vs unarmed poor blacks. The real question here is why we have persistent generational poor in this country.

Bay Area Guy's picture

The answer to your real question is that government policies since Johnson's Great Society have actively discouraged people from getting off welfare.  I forget what the exact numbers were, but someone on ZH (probably a number of someones) have posted the value of the various categorical aid progarms that people on welfare are entitled to received.  It was something in the range of $40+K, and all, of course, tax free to them.  The average scmuck at a minimum wage job, even if they manage to get 40 hours per week at the new normal of $15/hour, is still getting only about $31K and with FICA taken out, that's down to less than $29K (granted, they likely get free or deeply subsiized ObamaCare).  But until fairly recently, if someone on welfare wanted to get off welfare, they were penalized one dollar of benefits for every dollar of income they made.  (I think that's been changed to one dollar lost for every two dollars made now, but I am not sure.)  The point is that once on welfare, the government doesn't want you off welfare and the Democrats, in particular, don't want you off welfare because they undrstand that welfare recipients are about as solid a voting block as they could ever want.  Attempts to change the systm to have either incentives to get off welfare or disincentives to remain on welfare (welfare to work programs or drug testing) are always met with screams of racism from the Democrats, so the proposals rarely go anywhere.

undertow1141's picture

And combine that with a lack of morals, ethics and values. And you get a population of professional victims who think you owe them a good life.

Ness.'s picture

...and the cops want them to go to prison for a long time.


I find fault in this.  Police officers have little to do with who writes the laws they are sworn to uphold and told to enforce.  They have even less influence when it comes to what happens inside a courtroom.  The fault lies directly at the feet of the Judicial branch of Government.  At all levels.  Federal, State and local.  Immigration and violent crime laws are not being enforced as they are wrtten on the books.  

MachoMan's picture

I find fault in this.  Police officers have little to do with who writes the laws they are sworn to uphold and told to enforce.  They have even less influence when it comes to what happens inside a courtroom.  The fault lies directly at the feet of the Judicial branch of Government.  At all levels.  Federal, State and local.  Immigration and violent crime laws are not being enforced as they are wrtten on the books.

There are more than a few contradictions in this post.  You blame the judicial branch for a failure to enforce laws as they are written on the books, but yet give police a free pass for failing to enforce the laws as they are written on the books (remember separation of powers from civics class; the executive branch ______________ the law).  Further, to the extent that a trial court fails to follow the law, then it will likely be overturned on appeal...  questions of law are something the appellate courts routinely take a switch to (at all levels).

PS, I'll posit that the problem is with the law itself...  remember, who is it that gets openly lobbied/bribed?  Hell, for most crimes, all the judiciary does is ensure that the court rules are followed and, if a jury returns a guilty verdict, then picks a sentence within a legislatively prescribed range...

Cloud9.5's picture

Don’t kid yourself.  Individual officers practice a great deal of discretion on what they choose to see.

dexter_morgan's picture

The Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings have caused an uproar among leftists because they fuel their narrative that racist white police officers are hunting down innocent black men. But the statistics – brought to light by the superb work of Heather MacDonald – tell a different story.

Here are five key statistics you need to know about cops killing blacks.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) dexter_morgan Jul 9, 2016 1:05 PM

Great link.  Thanks!

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

young black men make up a tiny percentage of the population yet commit over half the murders in this country.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) City_Of_Champyinz Jul 8, 2016 6:45 PM

Ummm...  You're not allowed to state that statistic. You could be hauled off to re-education camp until you forget it.


Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Is anyone stupid enough to allow these thugs to haul them anywhere?  

He who shoots first, lives.  Cuz the rule of law is kaput.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

He who shoots first, lives.  Cuz the rule of law is kaput.

It is really more like, "It is better to ask forgiveness, than permission."

Seek_Truth's picture

"He who shoots first, lives."

Not unless it's a kill shot in a vital organ.

Maynard G. Krebs's picture

If they get together with the Hispanic chicks and start reproducing like rabbits the offspring may grow up to be responsible for 99.9% of all murders.

Just sayin'...

undertow1141's picture

Black men kill 9 other black men for every 1 black man killed by all other groups. Literally you have to get to 9:1 before you get close to a whole number for everyother group to kill 1 black man. 

you enjoy myself's picture

Yep, blacks are indeed less likely to be killed by cops when you compare with rates of violent crime and not just rates of existence.  Using 2012 FBI data, there were 4100 murders by whites, but 4200 by blacks.  9000 rapes by whites, 4500 by blacks.  34,000 robberies by whites, 44,000 by blacks. 

There are six times as many whites in this country as blacks (72% vs 12%).  So whatever the underlying cause, it's an unassailable fact that blacks commit violent crimes at a rate far higher than their representation in society.  And that's why they're more likely, on a percentage basis, to have tense interactions with police.  It's why the phrase "high crime area" is almost always associated with an area that has a heavy concentration of blacks.

The unjustified killing of black men at the hands of police is obviously a tragedy when you examine the cases on an individual basis.  But BLM is doing this country a huge disservice by pretending there's some mass epidemic of white cops killing black citizens for no reason.  Especially when there's twice as many whites that have been killed. 

Obama is really fanning the flames here too.  The guy finds a microphone within minutes of a black guy being killed, but (to my knowledge) has never spoken about a white guy being killed.  So he's deliberately leaving everyone with the impression that blacks are shot by cops for sport, at rates that have no correlation to their participation in violent crime, and that whites enjoy some special deference.




thinkmoretalkless's picture

Your analysis illustrates that racism on the part of the police may not be the primary reason for the over representation of blacks as victims in police shootings. Economic and cultural differences may create a situation where police have more adversarial confrontations with blacks. The race baiters and civil rights pimps don't want to go there because they are a major reason for the destruction of the black family through their welfare programs starting in the 60''s. The Democatic party went from being the party of the KKK to rounding up the blacks and putting them on the voting block plantation. Feeding their distrust while minimizing their opportunities and discouraging their attempts at self reliance/determination. Athletes, Rappers, and "players" are the heroes in these Dem plantations while scholars, hard working stiffs, businessmen, and those who strive to make a better life for their family are ridiculed as sell outs and told they are destined to be used and abused. The fact that "Hands Up Don't Shoot", a lie born out of the rhetoric after the shooting of Micheal Brown, continues to be viewed as fact by the manipulated masses and explained as valid in "general terms" by the race bait promoters explains what an up hill battle is ahead of anyone trying to actively improve race relations. The battle isn't just against racism, but also those who profit from it.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

I might believe this argument . . . if there were a single country in the world where the niggers committed crime at a lower rate per 100,000 than whites or asians.  This argument assumes in every nation throughout the world, da evil white man has oppressed the nigger to the point of disproportionate violence.  People like you blame the impact of slavery. . . yet in the UK, a nation that never kept slaves, niggers commit a HIGHER proportion of violent crime than their American bruthuhs.  I cannot believe that 20-50 years ago, the evil globalists were so strong as to impact niggers in W Europe just as strongly as in Murrica.

Moe Howard's picture

The UK had slaves. Just not very many. They had cheaper labor, poor whites.