Deadly Shootings by LAPD Down, But Lethal Use of Force Is Up: Report

Valerie Rivera calls for justice for her son Eric, who was shot to death by police while holding a toy gun, during the May Day march on May 1, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Valerie Rivera calls for justice for her son Eric, who was shot to death by police while holding a toy gun, during the May Day march on May 1, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Despite adopting new policies to reduce police shootings, use of deadly force by Los Angeles police increased slightly in 2017 from the previous year, but the number of fatal shootings continued a downward trend, according to a report released Tuesday.

The number of shootings by LAPD officers increased to 44 from 40 in 2016, according to the report presented to the Police Commission.

Of the 44 incidents, 31 people were hit by gunfire. The 17 people who were killed by police represented a slight decrease from 19 in 2016. Officers killed 21 people in 2015, according to the department.

Last year, Latinos represented 58% of those shot by police and whites 29%. In a positive trend, African Americans represented 13% of those shot, a significant drop from 2016 when nearly a third of police shooting victims were black. Nearly half of those shot by police last year — 48% — were armed.

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