Study: Los Angeles Police Have Averaged Almost One Kill Per Week For 14 Years

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of Mike Brown. Image credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of Mike Brown. (Image credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Following the death of unarmed teen Mike Brown at the hands of a police officer, many people began to question the methods and behaviors of police across the country.

The Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition is a youth advocacy organization that examines and investigates the use of lethal force among police. A recent study done by the organization revealed that since 2000, nearly 600 people (most of them young Black and Latino men) have been killed by Los Angeles police officers.

Appropriately titled “Don’t Shoot to Kill,” the study looked at homicide data from the Los Angeles County coroner’s department and incorporated details from a number of media reports on specific incidents. Here are some of the study’s findings:

  • Between January 1, 2000 and August 31, 2014 law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County used lethal force resulting in the deaths of at least 589 people…almost one death a week, for nearly 14 years.
  • From 2000 to 2006 overall homicides in L.A. County ranged between 1074 and 1231 per year. During that period, officer-involved killings made up between 2.5 and 4.5 percent of that total.
  • Of the 314 people killed between 2007 and 2014, 97 percent were male, a combined 82 percent were Black or Latino and 52 percent were under the age of 30.

To read the study, click here.

Source: Huffington Post

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