(Joshua Lott / for The Washington Post)
(Joshua Lott / for The Washington Post)
Families of those killed encounter policies ranging from a wall of silence to quick disclosure.
A call for “de-escalation” could imperil officers and sow confusion over the use of force, some say.
The prosecutor said the two police officers reasonably believed that 24-year-old Jamar Clark was reaching for an officer's gun.
A man who tried to defuse a situation involving his son was fatally shot by a deputy, eliciting the family’s calls for accountability.
The agreement resolves a Justice Department probe of officer-involved shootings that found Miami officers engaged in a "pattern or practice of excessive use of force" in firing weapons at suspects.
56-page civil lawsuit says civil rights violations continue 18 months after death of Michael Brown
Top police officials gather in D.C. to discuss how to prevent so many police-involved shootings.
The Post sought to compile a record of every fatal police shooting in the nation in 2015, something no government agency had done.
  • Dec 26, 2015
An analysis exposes another gap in the federal government’s oversight of fatal police shootings nationwide.
Police shot and killed 107 people after pulling over vehicles this year. One in three of the dead was black.
Stewart is one of 32 unarmed black Americans shot and killed by police this year.
Bobby Daniels was trying to keep son from getting a gun and hurting officers and others, when he was shot, his family says.
Five officers have been charged in on-duty shootings this year. Mearkle is the first acquitted
(Karen Ducey for The Washington Post)
(Karen Ducey for The Washington Post)
Academy in Washington state puts focus on teaching recruits how to better de-escalate conflict situations.
  • Dec 10, 2015
Protesters against police brutality are seeking — and winning — the ouster of top officials, as well as indictments.
Measured by incidents of use of force, one of Justice’s primary metrics, the outcomes are mixed.
  • Nov 13, 2015
The new system, to take effect in 2017, will also track deaths by other means and incidents of serious injury.
  • Dec 8, 2015
The death of the 24-year-old Clark, who was shot by a police officer in Minneapolis on Nov. 15, is under federal investigation.
(William Widmer for The Washington Post)
(William Widmer for The Washington Post)
Two bad shootings, two guilty cops, two lawsuits. Society is loath to convict cops who kill, so civil court is often the best place for victims' families to get results. But there, some get millions, and some get nothing.
  • Nov 3, 2015
Police say Jones was armed and confronted the officer, but details are scarce.
Wisconsin trooper Trevor Casper faced down a gunman who planned to go out fighting. The vast majority of individuals shot and killed by police officers were armed with guns and killed after attacking police officers or civilians or making other direct threats.
  • Oct 24, 2015
In Texas, a manslaughter charge was dismissed against a police officer who was part of a federal task force.
But officers investigated in fatal shootings are routinely given access to body camera footage
  • Oct 9, 2015
Among the thousands of fatal shootings at the hands of police since 2005, only 54 officers have been charged, a Post analysis found. Most were cleared or acquitted in the cases that have been resolved.
  • Apr 12, 2015
Officers often lack the training to approach the mentally unstable, experts say
  • Jun 30, 2015
Suspects have killed 14 officers on duty this year, but protests in cities have left police feeling under siege.
A day after he was indicted, the former university police officer made his first appearance in court.
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.
(Lettering by Peter Strain for The Washington Post)
(Lettering by Peter Strain for The Washington Post)
A year after Michael Brown’s fatal shooting, unarmed black men are seven times more likely than whites to die by police gunfire.
  • Aug 8, 2015