It was a year of drama and unpredictable events all round the globe, but in the USA another ugly drama was unfolding daily–the killing of blacks and Hispanics by police officers.. Overall, police shot and killed more people last year, but not by that big of a margin.
As of Friday, United States police officers shot and killed 957 people in 2016, according to a Washington Post database that tracks police shooting incidents throughout the year. Although the number is still considerably high, it’s still 36 deaths shy of 2015’s number of people shot and killed by police, which accounted for 991 deaths.
Along with more deaths in 2015, there were more black people shot and killed by police last year. In 2015, 258 black people were shot and killed by cops while only 228 black people were shot and killed in 2016.
The number of Hispanics shot and killed by police was higher in 2015 as well. There were 156 people who were fatally shot by officers in 2016 while 2015 saw 16 more deaths of Hispanic people, amounting to 172 Hispanics shot and killed by cops.
More white people were also killed by police gunfire in 2015. There were 462 white people shot and killed by officers in 2016, including the death of a 71-year-old white woman in Texas, who was gunned down by police Tuesday. There were 33 more white people shot and killed in 2015, though, accounting for 495 deaths.
Despite more people being fatally shot by officers in 2015, there were more police officers shot and killed in 2016 compared to 2015. The following page details the exact number of officers shot and killed in 2016..