Turning to the Freedom of Information Act to get the data, the Chicago Tribune found that on average at least once a week for the past six years, CPD skinned the smoke wagon.
The paper combed through 435 officer involved shootings and discovered Chicago Police killed 92 and wounded 170 while firing 2,633 rounds in the process.
In a staggering 200 of those shootings, officers missed entirely.
When demographics are crunched, nearly 80 percent of those shot by police were African-American males, most often in Chicago’s South and West Side neighborhoods.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, blacks make up about one-third of Chicago’s population.
Of the more than 12,000 officers on the force, only around 1 percent have been involved in a shooting. Statistically speaking, the typical officer who fired had been in uniform for 9 years and in about half of the incidents was either African-American or Hispanic. At least 64 officers have been involved in more than one shooting since 2010.
When compared to other large cities, statistics released by the 35,000-strong New York Police Department last year found 35 officer-involved shootings with suspects in 2014, firing 282 rounds in the process. Of the 34 apprehended suspects involved in NYPD’s shootings that year, on average they were black (75 percent), male (94 percent) and under 26 years of age (47 percent).
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