Police Brutality by State

Herlinda Castagnoli

The recent events in Kenosha, Wisconsin, prove what many Black Americans have long known.

Some law enforcement officers physically harm them at higher rates than officers hurt White Americans.


The United States has a long history of police violence against Black people, especially when it comes to officers who shoot and kill Black Americans.

On average,
1000 people die in the U.S. every year due to police shootings. 


A disproportionate number of Black people are killed by police when compared to any other demographic. Overall, Black people are 2.5 times more likely than white people to be killed by police. 


Mapping Police Violence is an organization that tracks the rate of police killings by state. Their statistics include such factors such as race and gender.


Their data shows that killings by police tend to occur more frequently in some places than in others. Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Chicago police departments had the highest rate of killings by police officers from January 2013 to December 2019


There are many factors that determine where citizens die in police custody. States that have large non-white populations, and high rates of poverty, often have higher rates of police brutality. 


Here is a list of all 50 states ranking them in terms of the highest rates of police brutality against Black Americans to the lowest. If you feel you have been unjustly harmed by police because of your race, contact us.

  1. California 
  2. Texas 
  3. Florida 
  4. Arizona 
  5. Georgia
  6. Colorado
  7. Washington 
  8. Ohio 
  9. Oklahoma 
  10.  North Carolina 
  11.  Missouri 
  12.  Illinois 
  13.  Tennessee 
  14.  Pennsylvania 
  15.  New York 
  16.  Louisiana 
  17.  New Mexico 
  18.  Alabama 
  19.  Maryland 
  20.  Indiana 
  21.  Virginia 
  22.  Michigan 
  23.  Kentucky 
  24.  Nevada 
  25.  South Carolina 
  26.  Oregon 
  27.  Wisconsin 
  28.  Mississippi 
  29.  Arizona 
  30.  New Jersey 
  31.  Minnesota 
  32.  Utah 
  33.  West Virginia 
  34.  Kansas 
  35.  Massachusetts 
  36.  Indiana 
  37.  Iowa 
  38.  Arkansas 
  39.  Montana 
  40.  Hawaii 
  41.  Connecticut 
  42.  Nebraska 
  43.  Maine  
  44.  South Dakota 
  45.  Delaware 
  46.  Wyoming 
  47.  New Hampshire 
  48.  Vermont 
  49.  North Dakota 
  50.  Rhode Island


This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.

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