Although charges are rarely filed in fatal police shootings, indictments of police officers tripled in 2015, compared with previous years.
Over the past decade, authorities have indicted an average of five officers a year for fatal shootings, a Post analysis found. In 2015, 18 officers were charged, compared to 47 officers between 2005 and 2014.
Half of the 2015 indictments stemmed from shootings that occurred during the year, while the rest date back as far as 2011. In 10 of the 2015 cases, prosecutors had a video record of the shooting, a big increase over previous years.
“Thank God for technology,” said the Rev. Ira Acree, pastor at Greater St. John Bible Church in Chicago, where an officer was charged with first-degree murder in November. “Maybe it’s finally helping us crack the blue code of silence.”
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