The American Civil Liberties Union says fatal police shootings have occurred at the same rate during the first six months of 2020 as they have over the previous five years during that period, but believes the number should be fewer due to restrictions to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“As of June 30, 2020, police officers had fatally shot 511 people,” the ACLU said. “This is consistent with each of the previous five years for which we have data — which is somewhat surprising given the significant societal disruptions that have been caused in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Because of stay-at-home orders, social distancing requirements, and police department policies advising officers to initiate fewer investigative contacts, we might have expected fewer fatal police shootings in 2020 relative to years past.”
The ACLU claimed that “most research indicates that crime has decreased or stayed the same during the pandemic,” dismissing anecdotal reporting that gun violence has actually surged this summer amid calls for “defunding the police.”
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