Most have been deemed justified by an outside agency or district attorney and did not result in criminal charges against the officeraccording cases collected by Mapping Police Violence. Law enforcement said victims were armed in more than 75% of deaths. Almost all were killed after being shot by police; a few died by other means.
In Wisconsin, the number of murders by the police peaked at 26 years in 2017 and bottomed at 10 years in 2014, but the trend has remained relatively stable.
Wisconsin below the national average
Nationally, law enforcement killed an estimated 3.3 people for every million a year from 2013 to 2021, according to Mapping Police Violence. The annual average of police killings in Wisconsin during the same period is approximately 2.7 per million population, put the state 36th nationally.
Starting with the largest numbers, New Mexico, Alaska, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Colorado killed people at the highest rates in the nation, between about 6 and 10 per million people per year. according to the data. Starting at least, law enforcement in Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey killed people at the lowest rates, between 0.8 and 1.5 per million people. per year.
Nationally, the police kill around 1,100 people a yearmainly because of shootings, according to the Mapping Police Violence and a similar database maintained by The Washington Post. Despite increased attention, this number has remained stable in recent years.
Ssome analysis to suggest killings by police in urban areas, primarily of people of color, have declined over the past decade, while killings by police in suburban and rural areas, primarily of white people, have increased.
Jim Palmer, head of the Wisconsin Police Professional Association, the state’s largest police union, said he was not surprised Wisconsin was in the bottom third of police killings per capita.
“The training that officers receive in Wisconsin is ahead of our peers nationally,” he said.
Palmer pointed to the scenario-based training all law enforcement cadets now receive at the academy. In 2016, the state increased the length of such training that cadets must complete from at least 60 hours to about 110 hours, said Stephanie Pederson, an education consultant with the state Department of Justice.