With the recent killing of Keith Lamar Scott the death toll of Afro-Americans killed by the police this year in the United States rose to 194, according to statistics issued by The Guardian newspaper
The data published by the British website counts all the fatalities directly caused by the police and its reliability has been recognized even by the US authorities.
The police officers that killed Scott were searching for another man and they claimed he was carrying an arm, something denied by his family. A wave of protests and vandalism was triggered in Charlotte, North Carolina as a result.
Scott’s killing occurred a day after videos where released showing a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma killing Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old Afro-American, who was disarmed and had his hands up.
According to The Guardian, Afro-Americans between 15 and 34 years old are nine times more likely to be killed by the police than any other demographic group.