Police have killed 886 people in L.A. County since 2000

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, The Times has compiled a database of cases where people died at the hands of law enforcement in Los Angeles County.

Since 2000, there have been nearly 900 killings by local police that were ruled a homicide by county medical examiners. Almost all of the dead were men, nearly 80% were black or Latino. More than 98% were shot to death.

Criminal charges are rare. In nearly all cases, the use of force was deemed legally justified by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, which conducts an investigation into each incident. Since 2000, only two officers have been charged as a result of shooting a civilian while on duty.

The trend over time

Over the last 20 years, police in Los Angeles County have killed about three to four people each month. The number has varied from year to year but remains relatively steady, averaging roughly 45 people per year.

Deaths by year
Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, Times analysis

The number of people killed each year has ranged from a low of 32 in 2001 to a high of 54 in 2011. Here is how this year's count so far compares to past years:

Cumulative deaths over the course of each year
Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, Times analysis

Who is being killed

Some populations are disproportionately affected by police violence. Men account for nearly all of the deaths, most of them between the ages of 20 and 39.

Black people make up 8% of L.A. County’s population, yet they represent a quarter of law enforcement killings. Conversely, white people, who make up 26% of the population, are killed in 19% of the incidents.

Percentage of population vs. deaths
Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, U.S. Census, Times analysis

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Where it happens

Killings by law enforcement have occurred across Los Angeles County. The neighborhoods with the highest number are home to home to large numbers of Black and Latino residents such as Compton, Inglewood and East Los Angeles.

Everyone who has died

Here is the complete list of every police killing deemed a homicide by the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner’s office and logged by The Times' Homicide Report.