Friday, July 3, 2015

2015 Police Killings at Record Pace

The Guardian

The number of people killed by police in the United States during 2015 reached 500 on Wednesday, according to a Guardian investigation, after two young black men were shot dead in New York City and Cincinnati.

Isiah Hampton, 19, was fatally shot by New York police department officers at an apartment building in the Bronx on Wednesday morning, according to police chiefs. His death followed that of Quandavier Hicks, 22, during a confrontation with Cincinnati officers at a house on Tuesday night.

Their names were added to The Counted, a project by the Guardian to report and crowd-source names and a series of other data on every death caused by law enforcement in the US this year. 

The federal government does not currently keep a comprehensive record of people killed by police. Instead the FBI runs a voluntary program to submit numbers of “justified homicides”.

The updated findings on fatalities so far this year means that the total is on track to exceed 1,000 by the end of 2015 – and that people are being killed by officers at more than twice the rate most recently detected by the much-criticised FBI system, which recorded 461 killed in 2013.


  1. "Isiah Hampton"

    "Hampton on Wednesday allegedly confronted officers who had arrived at a Bronx apartment building in response to a 911 call reporting a man with a gun, according to authorities. The NYPD said Hampton, who was identified by several New York media outlets, had shot and pistol-whipped the mother of his two-year-old child during a domestic dispute.
    “The female was able to pull away from the male,” James O’Neill, the NYPD’s chief of department, said in a statement. “The male was still pointing the gun at the officers, and a sergeant and one officer fired multiple rounds at the male.”

    Quandavier Hicks

    "Blackwell said Hicks had a previous felony conviction and was not legally allowed to own a firearm. Investigators are also still looking into Hicks’ criminal history in Georgia."

    Those darn felons....

    1. Yeah, they keep getting guns from you darn lawful gun owners.

    2. Yeah, they keep getting guns from you darn lawful gun owners.

      Really? Hey, SSG, how many felons have gotten guns from you?

    3. Last time I checked Kurt, all of mine are still here. That was as of today when I took my daughter to the range.

    4. The useless old gun loon excuse. If they aren't doing it, it doesn't happen. HA HA HA HA HA

  2. Maybe you should call to disarm half the police.

    1. Well, I don't actually go that far, but for sure they all need better training and screening.