The Post has identified names of officers involved in of the cases.
Mental illness played a role in of incidents.
of the victims were white, while were black.
of the people killed in police shootings were under age 30.
of the people shot and killed by police were armed with a gun, while were unarmed.
of the people shot and killed by police had fled from officers.
of the people shot and killed by police were men.
Body-worn police cameras were known to be recording in fatal police shootings.
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990 people were fatally shot by police in 2015
There were fatal shootings in 2016 than in 2015.
Number of those fatally shot by police
Where the 2016 shootings took place
Each marks the location of a deadly shooting.
There are shootings with unverified locations that are not shown on the map.
Shootings per million people
0 open-records requests filed this year
0 completely or partially fulfilled
In 2016, The Post is sending open-records requests to every police department involved in a fatal shooting to compile information on the officers who fired shots, something no federal agency tracks. One shooting may involve officers from multiple departments.
Requests have been denied for various reasons, most commonly that investigations are ongoing. Other reasons for denial have included that the information is not a public record, personnel files are private or the department chose not to disclose.
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In 2015, The Post created a database cataloging every fatal shooting nationwide by a police officer in the line of duty, collecting data on those who were killed and details of the shootings. The effort began because data compiled by the federal government was unreliable and incomplete.
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Investigation: People shot and killed by police in 2015
GRAPHIC | A Washington Post investigation tracked those shot and killed by police for the entire year.
In fatal shootings by police, 1 in 5 officers’ names go undisclosed
Families of those killed encounter policies ranging from a wall of silence to quick disclosure