According to data from the research group Mapping Police Violence, 181 Black persons have been murdered by police in the United States since George Floyd’s death last May while in Minneapolis police custody.
The database shows that Black people account for 18.7% of the 966 police killings reported since May 25, 2020, while making up only 13% of the US population, according to the Census Bureau.
Police killings of white victims accounted for 37% of all deaths. According to the Census Bureau, white Americans account for 76.3 percent of the population.
According to Mapping Police Violence’s data, 11.7 percent of total police homicides since Floyd’s death have been Hispanic victims, 1% Native American victims, and 1% Asian or Pacific Islander victims. In 359 cases, the victim’s race was unknown.
Floyd’s death sparked nationwide racial justice rallies in 2020, with millions of people flocking to the streets to demand police reform. Some people also suggested that municipal governments defund their police departments and reinvest in other community services to combat police violence against people of color.
Despite the growing campaign for law enforcement reform, Mapping Police Violence data shows that police continue to kill at similar rates to previous years, with 319 persons killed by cops in 2021.
Only 16 cases, or around 1.4 percent, of the 1,127 police homicides recorded in 2020 resulted in a charge against the guilty officer. At least 14 of the officers identified by Mapping Police Violence have previously shot or killed someone.
According to data collected between 2013 and 2020, Black people are three times more likely than a white people to be killed by police, despite being 1.3 times more likely to be unarmed. When looking at the country’s largest cities, these results are magnified.
Police killed Black persons at a higher rate than white people in 47 of the 50 largest US cities. Based on killings per 100,000 population in Chicago, police killed Black persons at a rate 22 times higher than white people. Because every person murdered by the city’s police department was Black or brown, racial disparities in Miami could not be determined.
Cities have seen a drop in police killings over time. However, in suburban and rural regions, these deaths have been on the rise. While some places, such as Chicago, have experienced significant reductions in police killings, others, such as Denver, have not.
Since Floyd’s death, there have been 181 police killings of Black people, with Florida having the largest number of victims (19), followed by California (17), Texas (17), and Georgia (13 each).
Traffic stops were identified as the initial police encounter in 121 of the police killings observed in 2020.
Daunte Wright, a Black man, was shot by police during a routine traffic check in Brooklyn Center on April 11, just a few miles from the Chauvin trial. Wright’s killing has sparked calls for an end to police brutality.