One Month Since Kap Began Protest, Rate of Fatal Force Overall Remains Unchanged, Getting Better for Minorities

By JonathanMcCorkell
Sep. 28, 2016

In the 31 days since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to protest the National Anthem began to receive national media attention on Aug. 26. Since that time, according to the Washington Post Police Shootings Database: Fatal Force, 82 human beings have been shot and killed by police officers in the United States. (See database link below)

Kaepernick’s decision to protest during the national anthem first drew attention after an Aug. 26 preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, when he said he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

So far, his protest and the ensuing "national conversation" have led to virtually no change overall in the pace of persons being killed by police shootings. Prior to Aug. 26 there was 633 people killed in 238 days this year- a rate of 2.66 people per day who were shot and killed by police across the U.S. Since his protest there have been 82 people shot and killed in 31 days- a rate of 2.65 per day. There have been 715 people shot and killed by police in the U.S. so far this year.

While the protest has led to no increase or decrease in shootings overall, the rate for African-Americans had decreased, from 0.67 per day to 0.45 per day and the rate has decreased by nearly half for Hispanics, from 0.44 per day to 0.23.

44 of the 82 people shot and killed since his protest had a gun on them at the time when they were shot by police, 11 had a knife. 16 had known mental illness, nine fled the scene of contact in a motor vehicle, 14 on foot. 30 were between 30-44 years of age, 21 between 18-29 and 1 under 18 (a 13-year-old). 

[Police shootings 2016 database]