After a Record Year for Police Violence, Is It Finally [sic] Time to Defund [sic] the Police?

Source: In These Times
by Sonali Kolhatkar

“The year 2022 was the deadliest year on record in the United States for fatalities at the hands of law enforcement. According to the Washington Post​’s police shootings database, law enforcement officers shot and killed 1,096 people last year. In comparison, there were 1,048 shooting fatalities at the hands of police the year before, 1,019 the year before that and 997 the year before that. These numbers are most likely underestimated. According to Abdul Nasser Rad, managing director of research and data at Campaign Zero, which runs Mapping Police Violence, the Washington Post ‘only captures incidents where a police officer discharges their firearm and the victim is killed.’ This means that it doesn’t count events like the 2014 killing of Eric Garner in New York and the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, as both deaths resulted from asphyxiation.” (01/20/23)