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The Washington Post and other non-governmental databases such as Fatal Encounters, Mapping Police Violence and The Counted record every fatal shooting in the United States by a police officer in the line of duty.

Since January 2015, 6,732 people have been shot and killed by police. Black Americans are killed at a much higher rate than White Americans. Although half of the people shot and killed by police are White, Black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate. They account for less than 13 percent of the U.S. population, but are killed by police at more than twice the rate of White Americans. Latinos, Native and Indigenous people are also killed by police at a disproportionate rate.


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