Report: Oklahoma has more police-involved fatalities per capita than any other state
OKLAHOMA CITY – A new report claims that Oklahoma has more police-involved fatalities per capita than any other state so far this year.
Out of the 470 people killed this year by police officers in the United States, 22 of those happened in Oklahoma, according to a report from The Guardian.
However, the report shows that most of the people killed by police were armed at the time of the incident.
The Guardian‘s report says Oklahoma has ” the highest rate of fatal incidents per person in 2015, at one fatality per 175,000 people over five months.”
Records shows that five of those fatalities occurred in Oklahoma City.
“We want to do the most we can to keep from taking someone’s life, even under the worst circumstances,” said Oklahoma City Police Chief William Citty, according to the Washington Post. “There are just going to be some shootings that are unavoidable.”
The top five states with the most police-involved fatalities per capita are:
Overall, Oklahoma came in 5th for the most police-involved fatalities this year.
The top five states with the most police-involved fatalities overall are:
The Guardian‘s report shows that the following people were killed by police officers in Oklahoma in 2015:
- Nehemiah Fischer, armed(unclear whether in use)
- Garrett Sandeno, armed with pellet gun
- Andrew Jackson, armed with knife
- Billy Patrick, unarmed
- Gary Collins, armed
- Joseph Potts, armed
- Buddy Weaver, armed with machete
- Mark Smith, armed with his vehicle
- Erick Rose, armed
- David Lynch, unarmed
- Eric Harris, unarmed