Thumbnail: Police killings of Americans are up, and African Americans are victims at a rate more than twice as high as its percentage of population.  The number of police killed by Americans is down.


About 1,700 people are killed by police every year in the U.S. – or put another way, about one out of every 12 violent deaths between 2010-2018 (including deaths in war zones).

Generally, the killings are disproportionate to the threat.  Police killings and police killings as a percentage of violent deaths of Americans are on the rise even as the crime rate falls.

While African Americans represent 13.4% of U.S. population, they are disproportionately represented in police killings.

Meanwhile, the number of police officers killed yearly is on decline.

The following are charts to remember:




  • Thanks to online journal Public Discourse.