According to a report released this week, the number of people killed by U.S. police in 2017 stands at 1,129, with one fourth of those victims being black.
In addition to being 25 percent of the victims, black people are also three times as likely to be killed by police as white people, according to the report, “Mapping Police Violence,” which was released Thursday.
“Mapping Police Violence” defined a police killing as “a case where a person dies as a result of being chased, beaten, arrested, restrained, shot, pepper sprayed, Tasered, or otherwise harmed by police officers, whether on-duty or off-duty, intentional or accidental.”
The report notes there is no correlation between rate of violent crime and number of police killings:
For example, Detroit has a high rate of violent crime but few police killings, while Oklahoma City has less violent crime but a higher rate of police killings.
Also noted is how regions vary with regard to the risk of being harmed by police:
Americans are more likely to be killed by police in certain parts of the country, with police in some large cities killing black men more often than the national murder rate. Black Oklahomans, for example, are seven times more likely to be killed by police than their counterparts in Georgia, the report found.