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Despite Killing Nearly 1,200 Americans, Not a Single Cop Was Convicted in 2015

Andrew Emett | The Free Thought Project

Although the number of cops charged with murder or manslaughter sharply spiked last year, not a single officer was convicted for these unjustified deaths. With less cops killed in the line of duty in 2015, the number of people killed by police increased yet again.

The accumulated number of people killed by police in the U.S. last year remains between 986 and 1,200, with The Guardian currently totaling 1,138 victims.




Although many disagree on the exact number of fatalities caused by cops, most concur that 2015 saw an escalation in both the total of people killed by police and the number of officers charged with murder or manslaughter.

Within the last decade, an average of five cops per year have been charged with murder or manslaughter in fatal on-duty shootings. Last year, that number more than tripled as 18 cops were arrested for unjustified shootings. This number does not comprise non-shooting homicides, including the six Baltimore officers charged with fatally severing Freddie Gray’s spine. Nor does it include the cops who will not face criminal charges for the deaths of Tamir Rice, Zachary Hammond, Natasha McKenna, Troy Goode, or Antonio Zambrano-Montes.


On December 3, Pike County Deputy Joel Jenkins was arrested after fatally shooting his neighbor in the head while drunk and off-duty. Charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, and tampering with evidence in connection with his neighbor’s death, Jenkins was also charged with felony murder and reckless homicide in a separate shooting. On March 28, 2015, Jenkins was on-duty when he shot Robert Rooker to death following a police pursuit after Rooker had already crashed his vehicle.

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  • Michael Shields

    I am an outspoken person with strong opinions. When people I meet in the real world won’t friend me on facebook because they are afraid of being attacked by local police just for association with me on there, there really is a police problem in America. Welcome to the new “rule by fear not by conscience” country we have become. This is only going to get worse unless there is REAL reform.

    • smrnda

      Amen. The police are public servants. If the public says they are out of control and screwing up, they should be eagerly listening to our opinions and telling us that they intend to change their ways. Cops, in many ways, are worse than politicians – at least we can vote politicians out. There is no accountability for police.

      Thanks for being willing to go public with your views on the matter. Enough people are scared, and with good cause – the cops have guns, and unlike anyone else, won’t face a trial if they pull the trigger.

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