Police officers in the United States have now killed more than 1,000 Americans in 2017, according to a database that has been recording deaths at the hands of police since 2013.
As of Nov. 7, the total reported by Killed By Police stands at 1,019 people. While the vast majority were killed by officer-issued firearms, several were killed by police tasers, patrol cars, and restraint or physical force.
In January, 108 people were killed by police.Muhammad Abdul Muhaymin, 43, died in the custody of police officers in Phoenix. He went into “medical distress” when multiple officers went out of their way to restrain him—even placing two sets of handcuffs on his wrists—after an individual called police because Muhaymin reportedly bumped into him in a doorway.
In February, 113 people were killed by police.Jerome Keith Allen, 22, was shot multiple times and killed by police detectives in Jacksonville, Florida, after he was accused of approaching an undercover officer’s car while pointing a gun at its window. The three detectives involved have since been accused of removing evidence and tampering with the crime scene.
In March, 86 people were killed by police. Rodney James Hess, 36, streamed two videos in March as he sat in his parked SUV, which cops said was blocking an off-ramp in Alamo, Tenn. He was shot after police claim they became worried he’d mow them down with his car.
In April, 85 people were killed by police.Jordan Edwards, 15, was shot and killed by police in Balch Springs, Texas after he was a passenger in a car that an officer claimed drove “aggressively toward him.” However, after the Body Cam footage was released, it was made clear that the car was not a threat, the officer had no reason to “fear for his life,” and an innocent 15-year-old was murdered as a result.
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In May, 109 people were killed by police. Jimmie Sanders, of Milwaukee, was fatally wounded after police were called to Jack's Apple Pub in Appleton, Wisconson in May. Sanders had prevented a murder and disarmed an attacker when police walked in and killed him.
In June, 104 people were killed by police. Charleena Lyles, 30, was shot and killed by police in Seattle, in front of her three children. The mother, who was pregnant with a fourth child, called police to report an attempted burglary. When they arrived to find her with a knife, they shot and killed her instead.
In July, 114 people were killed by police.Eurie Martin, 58, went into respiratory distress and died after he was confronted by police in Deepstep, Georgia, who were looking for a "suspicious person." The three sheriff’s deputies responsible for the man’s death were fired as a result.
In August, 96 people were killed by police.Anthony Antonio Ford, 27, was shot and killed by police in Miami, Florida. Officers tried to arrest him after they stopped Ford on the side of the road and found that he had violated his probation. When Ford took off running, the officers claimed they feared for their lives after Ford reached for a gun—but it turns out that he was not armed.
In September, 85 people were killed by police. Oklahoma City Police shot and killed Magdiel Sanchez, 35, after they claimed he matched the description of a suspect in a hit-and-run, was holding a stick, and did not immediately respond to their commands. The only problem was that the man was deaf, and neighbors who knew him said they desperately tried to warn police that Sanchez could not hear them before police opened fire and killed him.
In October, 94 people were killed by police.Sean Bohinski, 37, was shot and killed by a local game warden in West Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. He was homeless, living in the woods behind a relative’s house, when a local game warden approached him. The official story claims that Bohinski was shot and killed after he began to attack the officer. However, witnesses claim the man was not violent, and was shot from a distance of at least 50 yards away.
The cases listed above are just a few of the incidents in which Americans have been killed by police in 2017, but they serve as a reminder that the individuals who are killed by police include innocent teenagers, pregnant women, and mentally ill men.