Officers have shot and killed at least 706 people so far this year, a tally that includes people like Scott, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., whose names became hashtags and whose stories became nationally known.
What is unfolding in Charlotte is among the most heated responses to a shooting in any city since the wave of nationwide protests began in Ferguson, Mo., two years ago. But information collected by The Post as part of an ongoing effort to track fatal police shootings shows that despite the focus on this issue, many things appear largely unchanged from last year.
In 2015, officers killed 990 people. So far, this year is showing remarkable similarities to last year, including the number of fatal shootings, the incidents that prompt them and some common factors.
There is one big difference in the shootings this year, though: More of these incidents are being captured on camera.
There have already been at least twice as many police shootings captured on dashboard cameras (30) so far this year than all of last year (14). And the 90 shootings recorded by body cameras this year already exceed the 71 such shootings last year.
Other video footage, including bystander recordings, appears on track to exist in about the same number of shootings as last year. Like the recordings by police cameras, this tally only includes what The Post knows about, and other footage that has not yet been revealed could exist.
Once again, the overwhelming majority of people killed by police are men, accounting both years for about 95 percent of those fatally shot. Slightly more people last year who were shot by police had guns, according to officers, while the number of people shot and killed who were reported to have knives has inched up this year.
More of the shootings last year began with domestic disturbance calls, while about the same number in both years — 1 in 10 fatal shootings — began with traffic stops. Mental illness was reported to be a factor in more than a quarter of the shootings last year, and the same is true this year.
Police shot and killed 18 people younger than the age of 18 last year, and have killed 12 such people so far this year, most recently 13-year-old Tyre King in Columbus.
He was the second-youngest person shot and killed by an officer this year; Ciara Meyer, a 12-year-old in Pennsylvania accidentally shot and killed during an eviction, was the youngest. Dating back to the beginning of last year, only one person younger than the two of them is in the database: Jeremy Mardis, a 6-year-old shot while his father tried to flee officers in Louisiana.