Police shootings in Canada to increase by 25% by 2022

Criminologists say the growing number of police shootings in Canada should be of concern to officials and the public.

87 people in Canada were shot by police between January 1 and November 30 — 46 deaths.

That’s an increase of nearly 25% from 2021, when 70 people were shot by police and 37 people were killed.

The Canadian press covered each shooting using information from the police, independent investigative units and their own independent reporting.

Temitope Oriola, a professor of criminology and associate dean at the University of Alberta, said that in some cases police must use force, but studies show that police become more dangerous when that force is used. become excessive.

In 2022, the RCMP shot at 35 people, the highest number of any police force and up from 26 the previous year.

British Columbia has the most mass shootings with 23, up from 13 in 2021 and five in 2020.

Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and the Yukon all saw increases in the number of people being shot by police this year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 27, 2022.


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