Police in the United States were responsible for the deaths of 115 people in the month of March alone, according to an independent website that has been keeping tally.
Though in some cases the incidents were allegedly spurred by aggressive threats from suspects, the number is still high compared to previous months and other nations.
According to the website killedbypolice.net – which has been documenting the police killings that appear in news reports since 2013 – the number of deaths in the month of March of this year increased by 30 since the previous month, and by 24 since January. It is also higher than the number police killings from March of last year, which was recording at 102 deaths.
Most killed were people of color, with mental health issues or both, what has been considered a national pattern, reported Think Progress.
The number of U.S. police killings in March is more than police in the United Kingdom have killed since 1900, according to Sputnik News.
The number reported in killedbypolice.net is only expected to be an approximation since Washington has no formal system of keeping track of police killings.
Last month, the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing issued a report recommending that police employ better tactics to reduce the number of killings. The recommendations were partially driven by a report released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this year damning the Ferguson police department for racial discrimination and unlawful activity.