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U.S. Police Fatally Shot Nearly 1,000 People in 2015

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It’s been a rough year for gun violence, and the Washington Post just released a cruel reality to its readers: policemen have shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in this year alone.

With numerous Black Lives Matter protests erupting across the country in hopes of fighting police brutality and finding justice for those wrongfully murdered at the hands of authority figures, the findings manage to hit you square in the gut despite lacking that shock factor.

According to the newspaper’s extensive study, out of the 965 people fatally shot by police in the United States this year, 564 were armed with a gun, 281 had some other type of weapon on their body, and 90 weren’t carrying anything.

The study also found that despite only making up six percent of the U.S. population, around 40% of those shot and killed while unarmed were black men. Another disturbing statistic showed that roughly a quarter of those killed were deemed mentally ill; 75 of the victims were confirmed to be suicidal while 168 had some kind of history of mental health problems.

According to Elite Daily, the stats are even worse than they already sound.

According to FBI data, US police kill an average of around 400 people per year, which means they’ve shot and killed more than twice that number in 2015.

It’s also problematic [that] many police departments don’t provide the FBI with reports on the use of lethal force by their officers, so we don’t really have a full picture of how often police kill people.

Will tensions continue to rise between general society and its authorities in 2016? Or will things finally settle down? You tell us in the comments below.

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