• Here’s How America’s Biggest Cities Rank On Fatal Police Shootings

    A new study looking at fatal police shootings in America’s largest cities provided some interesting results.

    The Better Government Association looked at the top ten most populous American cities and ranked them by the number of fatal shootings as a result of police action from 2010-2014:

    Here are the results:

    1. Chicago, 70 deaths

    2. Phoenix, 57 deaths

    3. Philadelphia 54 deaths

    4. Houston, 49 deaths

    5. Los Angeles, 47 deaths

    6. New York, 41 deaths

    7. Dallas, 34 deaths

    8. San Antonio, 28 deaths

    9. San Diego, 17 deaths

    10. San Jose, 11 deaths

    The data includes shootings for on-duty and off-duty officers. If you adjust the rankings for the number of deaths per 100,000 people, you have Phoenix at the top of the list with 3.77 deaths per 100,000 people. Then it is Philadelphia (3.48); Dallas (2.7); Chicago (2.57) and Houston (2.23).

    The study is missing data for New York City for the year of 2014, so those numbers are skewed downward.

    Whether the shootings were justified is often disputed, but the data still shows which cities have the most police violence, justified or not.

    “The real question is, are the shootings appropriate?” Said former Los Angeles police officer David Klinger, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “If not, that’s where I get concerned.”

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