At least 1,068 people have been killed by police since the death of the unarmed black man a year ago.
On May 25, 2020, at 9:25 p.m. (2:25 GMT, May 26), George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man from the U.S. state of Minnesota, became another victim. of police brutality when he was killed by police. Floyd’s murder was unleashed world protests demanding justice and an end to systemic racism. On April 20, 2021, Floyd’s killer, former police officer Derek Chauvin, was found guilty of murder and manslaughter. Chauvin, who is white, faces at least 75 years in prison. His sentence is set for June 25.
Between January 2013 and May 2021, police in the United States killed at least 9,179 people, according to data collected by Mapping of police violence, a research and defense group. Since Floyd’s death exactly one year ago, the group has recorded at least 1,068 police killings nationwide, an average of three murders each day.
According to the latest figures from the group, police killings are going at a similar pace to previous years. Some states have seen a reduction, while others have seen killings increase.
Cities and states with the highest and lowest levels of police violence
In the last year since Floyd was assassinated, 25 states have seen a decline, 19 states have increased and seven states have had the same number of police killings compared to the same period a year ago.
New Mexico recorded the highest percentage of police killings: ten people killed by police per million inhabitants, followed by Montana and Alaska, both with eight people killed per million inhabitants. The east coast states of New Jersey, followed by Connecticut and Rhode Island, recorded the lowest number of police homicides at less than 1 person per million population in the last twelve months.
The rate in the state of Minnesota, where George Floyd lived, rose from 10 police killings per million people the year before Floyd’s death to 13 (including Floyd) a year after his murder. This includes Daunte Wright who was shot dead by police officer Kim Potter during a police stop on April 11, 2021.
Black Americans disproportionately killed police
According to an analysis by Mapping Police Violence, even though it represents only 13% of the American population, black Americans are nearly three times more likely than white Americans to be killed by police. The group also found that “levels of violent crime in U.S. cities do not determine rates of police violence.”
Another analysis by policeviolencereport.org found that blacks were more likely to be killed by police (27 percent), more likely to be unarmed (35 percent), and less likely to threaten someone when they died (36 percent). one hundred).
Less than 2 percent of agents are charged
Of the 9,170 police killings recorded between 2013 and 2021, 153 officers (1.7%) were charged with a crime and 38 (0.4%) were convicted.
On May 25, several events are planned across the country to remember George Floyd and reiterate calls for racial justice and police reform.