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Victims of Police Misconduct
This is not a complete list - it is not even close to being a complete list - of black people killed by police or white people acting as vigilantes (as in the cases of Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery). According to Mapping Police Violence, based on data collected in 2019, black Americans were nearly three times more likely to die from police than white Americans. Further, black Americans were nearly 1.5 times more likely to be unarmed before their death. See Willem Roper, Black Americans 2.5X More Likely Than Whites to Be Killed By Police, Statista (June 2, 2020).
George Floyd, 46, died after being arrested by police outside a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Footage of the arrest on 25 May shows a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck while he was pinned to the floor.
Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment by Louisville police on March 13
Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was chased by armed white residents of a South Georgia neighborhood. They were arrested months later.
Two white officers were arresting Alton B. Sterling after responding to a call about an armed man. The officers had Mr. Sterling pinned to the ground when at least one of them shot him.
Philando Castile was shot behind the wheel of a car in Falcon Heights, Minnesota after being pulled over by an officer. Castile's girlfriend and her young daughter were also in the car.
Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy, was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer responding to a 911 call reporting a person pointing a gun — which turned out to be a toy pistol missing its orange safety cap.
Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six who was unarmed at the time, argued with police about why he was being arrested. To corral Garner, one officer used a chokehold, a technique banned by the NYPD. Several others helped drag him to the ground. Garner, who had a history of health problems, died soon after.
Questions have surrounded the death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black activist, since she was found hanged in a Texas police cell in July 2015 after she was arrested during a traffic stop.
The death of Oscar Grant, a young father, was one of the first major US police brutality cases in which cellphone footage went viral, prompting widespread outrage years before the Black Lives Matter movement.
The officer who shot Grant in the back, Johannes Mehserle, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in a rare criminal trial over a killing by law enforcement.
Ray Tensing, a 25-year-old University of Cincinnati cop who is white, fatally shot 43-year-old Dubose, an African-American, in the head on July 19 during a routine traffic stop for missing his front license plate.
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, and was later acquitted.
A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.
Terence Crutcher was unarmed when he was fatally shot by a white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer responding to a stalled vehicle.
Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb, sparking protests around the nation.
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Mapping Police Violence
Mapping Police Violence is a nonprofit organization that tracks police killings using data sourced from three crowdsourced databases - FatalEncounters.org, the U.S. Police Shootings Database and KilledbyPolice.net. By searching social media, obituaries, criminal records databases, police reports and other sources, Mapping Police Violence has identified the race of 90 percent of all victims in the database.
Statista - Hate crime in the U.S
Statista is a subscription service available to the BLS community that publishes data and statistics on a broad range of topics. Its section on hate crime in the U.S. focuses on racially motivated, religiously motivated, and sexual-orientation, gender, and gender identity motivated hate crimes. According to the data on Statista, black Americans are the most victimized racial or ethnic group. (see https://www.statista.com/statistics/737690/number-of-racist-hate-crime-victims-in-the-us-by-race/)