Data tables about police shootings

Table 1 -- Police shootings in Massachusetts (data comparison)

This table compares data on police shootings compiled by the magazine CommonWealth with data on "justifiable homicides" gathered by the FBI and data on "arrest-related deaths" gathered by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Year CommonWealth Magazine Uniform Crime Reports Arrest-Related Deaths Program
1980 -- 2 --
1981 -- 7 --
1982 -- 8 --
1983 -- 4 --
1984 -- 1 --
1985 -- 1 --
1986 -- 1 --
1987 -- 0 --
1988 -- 2 --
1989 -- 1 --
1990 -- 0 --
1991 -- 0 --
1992 -- 0 --
1993 -- 0 --
1994 -- 0 --
1995 -- 2 --
1996 -- 0 --
1997 -- 1 --
1998 -- 0 --
1999 -- 1 --
2000 -- 1 --
2001 -- 1 --
2002 7 0 --
2003 4 4 2
2004 5 1 2
2005 3 1 2
2006 4 1 ?
2007 3 0 ?
2008 8 0 ?
2009 6 ? ?
2010 6 ? ?
2011 7 ? ?
2012 8 ? ?
2013 12 ? ?
Totals 73 40 18*

* The Bureau of Justice Statistics has published data for the years 2003 - 2009. They have published yearly state-by-state data, however, they have only published yearly data for each state for the years 2003 - 2005.

Table 2 -- "Justifiable homicides" by police in the US (FBI data)

This table shows all "justifiable homicides" by police throughout the United States that were tracked by the FBI. The data from 1968 - 1994 was taken from the report "Policing and Homicide, 1976-98." The data for all subsequent years was taken from various yearly UCR reports. I always used the most recent UCR report that listed the estimate for a year because the FBI sometimes revises their estimates with more accurate figures.

Year Justifiable homicides by police
1968 395
1969 424
1970 412
1971 557
1972 469
1973 492
1974 553
1975 559
1976 415
1977 311
1978 313
1979 442
1980 457
1981 381
1982 376
1983 406
1984 332
1985 321
1986 298
1987 296
1988 339
1989 362
1990 379
1991 359
1992 414
1993 453
1994 459
1995 389
1996 357
1997 366
1998 369
1999 308
2000 309
2001 378
2002 341
2003 373
2004 367
2005 347
2006 386
2007 398
2008 378
2009 414
2010 397
2011 404
2012 410

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