America’s Cops Shoot More People Than Criminals Do in These Countries

Any way you slice it, we have the developed world’s highest firearm murder rate.


If the current trend continues, police are on track to fatally shoot nearly 1,000 Americans by the end of the year. If you took that number alone, the United States would still have a higher per capita firearm-related murder rate than most of the world’s developed nations’, according to an analysis by Vocativ.

Vocativ compiled data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and found that police shootings in the United States outnumber all gun-homicides in France, England, Germany, Chile, Canada, and 25 other developed nations. Here’s how those figures line up, using 2013 data:

 

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