How do cities’ police homicide rates compare? Question spotlights limits of U.S. data
Los Angeles Times - 04/08/2015
Since 1985, police in North Charleston, S.C., have recorded four “justifiable homicides” in which a felon was killed by an officer, according to FBI data. All those killed were male. Two were white, two black.
But how does that number (as compiled by criminologist James Alan Fox at Northeastern University) compare with other cities of the same size? And has the number of police shootings gone up in recent years across the country?
Those are important questions, but there is no reliable data available to answer them.