St. Louis, MO Records Highest Average of Police Killings in Nation

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A new report from ArchCity Defenders reveals that between 2009 and 2019, 179 people were killed by police or died in jail custody in the St. Louis area, the highest count in the nation, reports the Public News Service. Ninety-two percent of those killed were men, and 72 percent were Black. The report also found media articles tended to protect the identities of police officers, while exposing those of the victim’s family. Ashley Jackson, a doctoral student at Washington University in St. Louis who studies patterns of police and state violence, said a critical step to reduce police brutality is a federally mandated database which tracks each time the police harm an individual.

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