Report: LAPD Killed More People In 2015 Than Any Other U.S. Police Force
Data shows that LAPD officers have killed a total of 10 people this year, which is more than any other law enforcement agency in the country.
A total of 467 people have been killed by law enforcement in the U.S. in 2015, KPCC reports. The LAPD is responsible for 10 of these deaths, and this does not include the five people killed during encounters with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. The numbers come from The Guardian, which has compiled a list of deaths nationwide. Though the federal government does not keep a similar database—though one would think they should—The Guardian assembled the list using media reports and via crowdsourcing.
In the state of California, 74 people have been killed during encounters with police, the most of any other state. However, California becomes 14th in the nation when you consider the per capita rate, and Oklahoma becomes number one. If you look at how many people are killed per million residents, Los Angeles is actually slightly below Phoenix with 2.6 deaths per million people, compared to Phoenix's 2.7. By comparison, NYC is 0.5 deaths per million residents.
Of the 74 people killed in California, 69 were men. Nineteen were unarmed. Twenty-seven of these people were white, 25 were Latino, 14 were black, 5 were "unknown," and 3 were Asian or Pacific Islanders. This statistic becomes more shocking when you factor in that California is 39 percent white, 38 percent Latino, but only 6 percent black, meaning that black people are killed during police encounters at a significantly higher rate than whites or Latinos. The disparity has been the cause of numerous protests across the country this year, most notably in Ferguson and Baltimore.
Among Los Angeles' cases, there was the controversial shooting of 29-year-old Brandon Glenn in Venice. He was unarmed. There was a Lincoln Heights man named Luis Marinez, whose wife called police saying he was injuring himself with a knife. Officers say Martinez charged at him, causing then to open fire. There was Dean Bucheit, a 64-year-old pedestrian who was fatally struck by a police truck on a dark, foggy morning in Playa Del Rey. There was Pablo Meza, who was killed after police responded to reports of a man yelling and firing a gun into the air in downtown L.A.. Police asked him to put the gun down, and say he did not, causing them to open fire. One of the most high profile cases was the shooting of Charly "Africa" Keunang, an unarmed homeless who was shot and killed during a scuffle with officers on Skid Row after one officer claimed Keunang reached for his gun.