We are facing a police shooting epidemic. According to a recent Washington Post article, in the first five months of 2015, the number of victims of fatal police shootings is nearly 400. After adjusting for population, these statistics show that blacks were killed by police at 3x the rate of whites or other minorities. This is not only tragic, it’s deplorable. It’s also time to do something about it.
The Washington Post is doing its part to make sure that notoriously obscure number of national police shootings have some clarity brought to them by comprehensive data. They, along with the Guardian, are compiling a database that uses multiple sources of data, including police reports, eye-witness reports and news articles, to create a log of every fatal shooting that occurs this year. They will make the data public at a later date.
Romanucci & Blandin will continue to do its part to help bring an end to this epidemic, and restore trust between police and the communities they serve, by seeking justice for the victims of police brutality and holding responsible those parties who infringe on citizens’ civil rights. Join us by signing our pledge today to STOP police brutality NOW.