A quarter of the 462 people shot to death by police in the first six months of 2015 were mentally distraught.
A Post analysis reveals about 2.6 fatal police shootings a day in 2015, nearly twice the rate reported by the FBI in the past decade — a statistic based on incomplete data from police agencies.
Since 2005, 54 officers nationwide have been criminally charged after they shot and killed someone in the line of duty, according to a review by the Washington Post and Bowling Green State University researchers. The Post analyzed the details of those prosecutions, which involved the killings of 49 people.
The Washington Post and researchers at Bowling Green State University analyzed a wide range of public records and interviews with law enforcement, judicial and other legal experts.
Short descriptions of all 54 cases The Post analyzed.
The decision was announced by the North Charleston mayor and chief of police after video footage surfaced showing the officer shooting the man in the back as he was fleeing the scene.
Officials released communications from a former court clerk and two former police supervisors.
Quorn Foods rejects the claim, saying the boy died of asthma.
Both police and protesters said the shots did not come from the crowd but rather from a nearby hilltop.
Law enforcement officials say morale is flagging among the rank-and-file, who they say feel “betrayed” by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.