Every 5 Days…

There is no easy way to say this or write this without feeling; anger, pain, and sadness.

The Chicago Tribune documents the number of police shootings, over a 5 year period, which included statistics that I can not get out of my head.

From 2010–2015, 528 shots were fired by the police.

262 of these shots, people were hit by bullets.

92 of these 262 people were killed.

92.

The article states that officers who shot, on average, had nearly 10 years of experience.

About 4 out of every 5 people shot were Black males.

Nationally, Black Americans are 2.5 times more likely than White Americans to be shot and killed.

The Chicago statistics speak to a harsh, grim, and sad reality that illustrates why so many African Americans suffer anxiety, stress, and racial trauma:

92 deaths, 2,623 bullets, over 6 years.

Oh, I forgot to share the meaning of my title.

These are the number of days, over a 5 year period, a police officer draws their gun to shoot.