EVEN amid nationwide calls for racial equality and police reform, police in the US have killed at least one black person per week this year.
Protests in the country have been ongoing since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the end of May, with national attention being drawn to how police treat people of color.
George Floyd is pictured with his daughter Gianna[/caption]
Floyd’s death led to nationwide protests and calls for racial justice and police reform[/caption]
Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah Mclain and Jacob Blake are all well-known names now; each was a victim of police violence.
Still, new statistics suggest that even with the national outrage over these black Americans being killed or shot at, police are still killing black citizens at disproportionate rates.
Over the past three months, since mass protests began, police in the country have killed 288 people, according to data from The Washington Post and Mapping Police Violence.
Breonna Taylor, 26, was killed by police while sleeping in her home[/caption]
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was fatally shot while jogging[/caption]
Elijah McClain, 23, died after being put in a chokehold by police[/caption]
The database shows that of the 288 people killed by police, 102 were white, 59 were black, 42 were Hispanic or Latino, five were Asian, two Native American, and 78 were of unknown races.
Black people only make up around 13.4 percent of the US population, yet they make up about 20 percent of the people killed by police during that time period.
According to Mapping Police Violence – which draws data from police shooting databases, obituaries, criminal record databases and police reports – police have killed more people in the first half of 2020 than in the previous four years.
From the beginning of 2020 until August 31, the organization identified 771 people who were killed by police, and roughly 21 percent of them were black.
Jacob Blake, pictured with his kids, was shot multiple times in the back by police[/caption]
Despite nationwide protests, police have killed 164 black people so far this year[/caption]
The data also shows that black people are more likely to be killed by police whether or not they are carrying a weapon.
Data shows that 594 of the people killed by police were allegedly armed, and of those, 241 were white and 115 were black.
Eighty percent of the white people killed by police were thought to have a weapon, while 70 percent of black people were.
This indicates that police are more likely to kill black people even when they don’t see a weapon, as was the case with George Floyd.
The organization’s data includes people who died as a result of being shot, beaten, restrained, hit by a police vehicle, pepper sprayed, tasered or otherwise harmed by police – either on- or off-duty.
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Floyd’s death, which was captured in a horrific video that was shared widely online, led to nationwide calls for police reform and even defunding.
It also led to countless Black Lives Matter protests across the nation.
While the large majority of these protests have been peaceful, riots have broken out several times in places like Portland and New York City.