You see, the shedding of innocent blood brings guilt not only upon the murderer, but upon the people of the community as well. Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees that because their fathers had shed the blood of the prophets,
Matt. 23:35 ...upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth...
Police officers must have a curse on them.
Listed below are lists of people killed by law enforcement in the United States, whether in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method. Inclusion in the lists implies neither wrongdoing nor justification on the part of the person killed or the officer involved. The listing merely documents the occurrence of a death.
According to a study by the CDC, based on data from medical examiners and coroners, killings by law enforcement officers (not including legal executions) was the most distinctive cause of death in Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon between 2001 and 2010. In these states, the rate of killings by law enforcement officers were higher above national averages than any other cause of death considered. The database used to generate those statistics, the CDC WONDER Online Database, has a US total of 5,511 deaths by "Legal Intervention" for the years 1999-2013 (3,483 for the 2001-2010 used to generate the report) excluding the subcategory for legal execution.
These lists are incomplete. Although Congress instructed the Attorney General in 1994 to compile and publish annual statistics on police use of excessive force, this was never carried out, and the FBI does not collect these data either. The annual average number of justifiable homicides alone was previously estimated to be near 400. Updated estimates from the Bureau of Justice Statistics released in 2015 estimate the number to be around 930 per year, or 1240 if assuming that nonreporting local agencies kill people at the same rate as reporting agencies. The Washington Post tracked shootings (only) in 2015 and on May 30 reported a rate so far that would be equal to 937 shootings/year (385 as of that date). The Guardian is also tracking killings in 2015 and counted 464 killed as of the end of May (rate of 1122/yr).