Data show fatal shootings by Indianapolis police up in 2015


By: Jon Zimney

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police fatally shot more people this year than they have in any one year in nearly a decade.

The Indianapolis Star reports that officers fatally shot nine people in 2015.

The data compiled by the newspaper found that 2013 is the only year that is close. That year eight fatal shootings were attributed to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Fatal police shootings predating 2007 were not counted because they happened before Indianapolis police merged with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

The newspaper found that Indianapolis has more fatal police shootings when compared to similar-sized departments.

But experts caution that nationwide data on police shootings are inadequate. They say that makes it hard to draw firm conclusions about the use of fatal force by police.