Number of People Killed By Police in U.S. Set to Exceed 1,000 in 2015

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The number of people killed by law enforcement officers in the U.S. during 2015 reached 500 on Wednesday after two young black men were shot and killed in New York City and Cincinnati.

The Guardian reports:

Isiah Hampton, 19, was fatally shot by New York police department officers at an apartment building in the Bronx on Wednesday morning, according to police chiefs. His death followed that of Quandavier Hicks, 22, during a confrontation with Cincinnati officers at a house on Tuesday night.

Their names were added to The Counted, a project by the Guardian to report and crowd-source names and a series of other data on every death caused by law enforcement in the US this year.

The federal government does not currently keep a comprehensive record of people killed by police. Instead the FBI runs a voluntary program to submit numbers of “justified homicides”.

Read more here.

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