These are the names we remember. They grabbed headlines, became hashtags, and were chanted at protests. But for every person shot and killed by the police, a VICE News investigation has found, another person survives and must live with the consequences. These people are often forgotten in the debate over police violence.
By examining records of more than 4,000 officer-involved shootings — including both fatal and nonfatal incidents — from the 50 largest local police departments, we found that shootings of unarmed citizens are far more common than anyone realized. We also found that police shoot black and Hispanic people at a higher rate than people of other ethnicities, even though they are less likely to be armed in these incidents.