FBI data suggests killings by police are on the rise

The FBI has released its latest edition of the Uniform Crime Reports, which includes an estimate of the number of “justifiable homicides” by police in 2013. As USA Today notes, the FBI’s data suggest that killings by police are on the rise:

The number of felony suspects fatally shot by police last year — 461— was the most in two decades, according to a new FBI report…

This year, a USA TODAY analysis of the FBI’s justifiable homicide database during a seven-year period ending in 2012 found an average of 96 incidents each year in which a white officer killed a black person.

The new 2013 total of justifiable killings represents the third consecutive increase in the annual toll.



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