Officer activity: Police shootings, deaths and assaults
The number of people killed by police has increased by a third in recent years, even as violent crime has trended downward and the number of officers assaulted or killed in the line of duty has dropped.
This is according to an analysis by this newspaper of federal data in the wake of high-profile officer-involved shootings in Cleveland, Beavercreek and Furguson, Mo. All three of the victims in these shootings were black and either unarmed or carrying a realistic-seeming toy or BB gun.
Explore data on the number of people killed by officers, the number of offenders involved in officers killed in the line of duty and the number of officers assaulted nationally with the charts below.
Killed by police
The number of national deaths attributed to "legal intervention" has risen sharply since 2008, to 550 deaths last year.
White suspects were killed more often than black suspects in this category, but the black suspects were killed at a higher rate (per 100,000 in population), by almost double over white suspects.