Guardian database of police killings in 2015 currently reads 695 for this year. If you click the link, it could be greater yet. U.S. police are on pace to kill 2+ a day. One hundred seventy-eight of those killed are listed as Black. One hundred forty-eight of the dead are described as "unarmed." I don't much trust that second figure as the database seems to be crediting police claims that Amilcar Perez-Lopez, killed just blocks from my house, was waving a knife at them. Nobody in the neighborhood believes that one. He was felled by 6 bullets in the back.
Last spring Professor of Religion Jan Willis offered a Buddhist meditation at Lion's Roar on how these killings can go on and on.
Embedded in our institutions, the conceit of white supremacy is what makes it so hard to end these killings. White supremacy, the national original sin, expresses itself in individuals as a stubborn confidence that I and my kind are better than -- and matter more than -- those others and and their kind. We aren't and we don't.