Police Shootings of Unarmed People in 2018

Police Shootings of Unarmed People in 2018

Police shootings of unarmed people in America is no new phenomenon.

In recent years, issues of police brutality and excessive uses of force have come to the forefront of public discourse. While we should all support the work of the police and understand the risks of their profession, we must also face the very real fact that police are killing unarmed civilians who could have otherwise been apprehended without the use of deadly force.

In total, 516 people have been shot and killed by police as of this point in time in 2018. Though all lives are important, the shootings which are especially questionable are those of unarmed people. As of July 2, 2018, 29 unarmed people have been killed by police in the United States. Any concerned citizen can agree that, barring extreme circumstances, unarmed suspects should not be getting shot to death by the police. As of last last week in June, 24 more people were killed by police this year than at the same point last year.

While talks of racial bias tend to dominate these conversations, it is important to remember that all people from diverse backgrounds are affected by these tragedies. Here is the breakdown of data on police shootings, thanks to the Washington Post database of police shootings.

Police Shootings of Unarmed People by Race

As of July 1, 2018, here is the breakdown of the unarmed people killed by police divided by race:

  • Whites: 15 (.076 per 1 million people)
  • Blacks: 11 (.262 per 1 million people)
  • Hispanics: 2 (.038 per 1 million people)
  • Asians: 0
  • Unknown: 1

Police Shootings of Unarmed People by Gender

As of July 1, 2018, here is the breakdown of unarmed people killed by police by gender:

  • Men: 28 (96.5%)
  • Female: 1 (3.5%)

Police Shootings of Unarmed People by Mental Health Status

As of July 1, 2018, here is the breakdown of unarmed people killed by police by mental health status:

  • Mentally Ill: 6 (20.6%)
  • Not mentally ill OR unknown: 23 (79.3%)

Police Shootings of Unarmed People by Age

As of July 1, 2018, here is the breakdown of unarmed people killed by police by age:

  • Under 18: 1 (3.5%)
  • 18-29: 7 (24.1%)
  • 30-44: 15 (51.7%)
  • 45 & Up: 5 (17.2%)
  • Unknown: 1 (3.5%)

Police Shootings of Unarmed People by Body Camera Status

As of July 1, 2018, here is the breakdown of unarmed people killed by police in situations where a body camera was or was not being worn:

  • Body Camera Worn: 6 (20.6%)
  • Body Camera Not Worn: 23 (79.3%)

Police Shootings of Unarmed People by Status Of Fleeing The Scene

As of July 1, 2018, here is the breakdown of unarmed people base on how or whether they were fleeing the scene:

  • Fleeing by car: 2 (6.9%)
  • Fleeing on foot: 7 (24.1%)
  • Fleeing by another means: 3 (10.3%)
  • Not Fleeing: 17 (58.6%)

Police Shootings of Unarmed People by State:

As of July 1, 2018, here is the breakdown of unarmed people killed by police by state (states with zero have been excluded):

  • Alaska: 1
  • Arizona: 3
  • California: 2
  • Colorado: 1
  • Florida: 3
  • Georgia: 1
  • Louisiana: 2
  • Maryland: 1
  • Massachusetts: 1
  • Michigan: 1
  • Mississippi: 1
  • New Mexico: 1
  • Ohio: 2
  • Oklahoma: 2
  • Pennsylvania: 1
  • Texas: 4
  • Virginia: 2

Who Are The Unarmed People Killed By Police in 2018?

In order of the most recent killings as of the date of this article, the unarmed people killed by police are listed as follows:

Resources:

  1. Washington Post 2018 Police Shootings Database
  2. US Census Bureau

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