Despite public protests, increased funding for resources like body cameras, and continually elevated scrutiny, police have shot and killed nearly the same number of people every year since 2015, The Washington Post found on Tuesday. In 2018, police fatally shot 998 people, compared to 987 in 2017. There were 963 fatal shootings in 2016, and 995 in 2015. Though fatal shootings are rare in comparison to the total number of police-civilian interactions, experts say that increased attention hasn't led to substantial policy change that would affect the overall number of instances. "About 54 percent of those killed have been armed with guns and 4 percent unarmed," writes the Post.
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