Murky Post Statistics on Police Shootings

The Washington Post has been promoting statistics on police shooting deaths the paper started assembling in 2015 from anecdotal sources — arguing FBI statistics are insufficient — and has used that data as a stepping stone to examine a number of racial inequality issues in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. The paper’s front-page story on June 9 titled “Fatal police shootings unaltered by protests” quotes from those statistics starting in the third paragraph — 1,000 shooting deaths by police in 2015 — cites them more fully two paragraphs later and then launches into a detailed story that attempts…