Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD)
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
BJS conducted an assessment of the validity and reliability of the ARD data. Results of the assessment indicate the ARD program methodology did not sufficiently identify a census of arrest-related deaths and that the data collection likely did not capture all reportable deaths in the process of arrest. Therefore, BJS determined that the ARD data did not meet BJS data quality standards, and in March 2014, BJS suspended data collection and publication of the ARD data until further notice.
"It's scary — with so much technology and money — that the government can't even collect the data on how many people its police are killing every year." - Tory Russell,
"2015 is actually the safest year for police officers in 20 years. Meanwhile, police killings of citizens are at a 40-year high" - James Woods | September 7, 2015
776 People Killed By Police So Far in 2015, 161 Of Them Unarmed
But, just 25 police officers have died from firearms-related violence in the same period. Mint Press News Desk | September 1, 2015
The Counted, which tracked US killings by police and other law enforcement agencies in 2015, and counted 1140 killed. TheGuardian dB is @ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/counted... & http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/...
"According to the Washington Post, in Britain, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway, most police tend not to carry firearms at all while on duty. German police are extensively trained to understand that drawing and firing their weapons is a very serious matter of last resort.
On the other hand, an Amnesty International analysis found laws regulating when and why police are allowed to kill someone in each of the 50 U.S. states fall far short of international standards. In a statement on Amnesty's website, executive director Steven W. Hawkins said, "The fact that absolutely no U.S. state laws conform to this standard is deeply disturbing and raises serious human rights concerns. Reform is needed and it is needed immediately. ... According to Vocativ, at current rates, U.S. police are on track to shoot dead more people per capita than the combined gun homicide rates of 19 out of 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group which encompasses most of the world's richest countries." - Tom McKay July 13, 2015