Police shoot way more people than we thought.
A Vice News investigation analyzed data from the 50 largest police departments.
They found police shoot Americans more than twice as often as we thought and shootings are undercounted. The report says cops shot at more than 4,000 people between 2010 and 2016, shooting black people at a higher rate – 55 percent of the people shot were black and 20 percent of people shot were unarmed.
Of course the video of officer Philip Mitch Brailsford shooting and killing Daniel Shaver who was unarmed and begging for his life just got released. That officer was acquitted.
Some good news, U.S. Police shootings have fallen by about 20 percent since 2014 when Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson. That's because a handful of large departments enacted reforms.
On the Factor to talk more in depth about Vice's examination of police shootings is Dr. Kevin Buckler, a criminal justice professor at the University of Houston Downtown.