3 Americans per Day Killed by Police in Year After Shooting of Michael Brown

A year ago today, on 9 August 2014, unarmed black teen Michael Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson was never indicted with a crime.

In the year since Brown was shot dead, at least 1,083 Americans have been killed by police.

In other words, every single day in the year after the shooting of Mike Brown, an average of roughly three Americans were killed by police.

VICE News created an informative infographic detailing the locations of these police killings.

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The following are some of the highlights of the findings, which were derived from local news reports and police records:

  • 176 people (16% of those killed) were killed by police in California, which has a population of 38.8 million (12% of the US population);
  • 110 (10% of those killed) were killed in Texas, which has a population of 27 million (8.5% of the US population);
  • 80 (7.5% of those killed) were killed in Florida (6% of the US population);
  • 48 (4.5% of those killed) were killed in Arizona (2% of the US population);
  • 42 (4% of those killed) were killed in Oklahoma (1% of the US population).

Five US cities had over 10 police killings. 13 people (1% of those killed) were killed in New York City (2.5% of the US population).

The only states in which no Americans were killed by police were Vermont (0.2% of the US population) and Rhode Island (0.3% of the US population).

These figures demonstrate that police brutality is a widespread problem throughout the US; it is not limited to isolated cities or states.

Americans of color are disproportionately targeted by this police violence. This form of deadly structural racism led to the emergence of the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement, which, in the year since the death of Michael Brown, has grown enormously.