The Washington Post has created a series of data visualizations illustrating the number of police shootings in the United States. The visualizations show that the rate of fatal shootings—nearly 1,000 a year—has not changed since 2015. The visualizations also demonstrate that half of the individuals shot and killed by police are white, but that police fatally shoot black and Hispanic individuals at disproportionate rates.
Tracking Police Shootings in the United States
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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