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Data: Mapping Police Violence; Icons: WeePeople by ProPublica; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

58% of police-involved killings in the U.S. last year began when officers responded to non-violent incidents, per the Mapping Police Violence database.

Why it matters: This week's lethal shooting of Daunte Wright near Minneapolis sparked new protests and comes in the wake of nationwide demonstrations against police violence.

Black people are killed by police at higher rates than white people in 47 of the 50 largest cities in the country, according to comparisons from 2013 to 2020.

  • Although Black people are three times as likely to be killed by police than white people, they are 1.3 times as likely to be unarmed compared to white people.
  • Police killings have generally increased in suburban and rural areas and decreased in cities.

Go deeper

Obama: Daunte Wright shooting shows "just how badly we need to reimagine policing"

Barack and Michelle Obama at President Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. Photo: Saul Loeb/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday stressed that the U.S. needs to "reimagine policing and public safety" after Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by a Minneapolis officer this weekend.

The big picture: Following nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd's death last year, local police reforms were proposed on a scale not seen since the inception of the Black Lives Matter movement. But many of those proposals were never realized.

Police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright identified as Kim Potter

People gather at the start of the curfew on Monday to protest the death of Wright. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Police on Monday identified the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a weekend traffic stop near Minneapolis as Kim Potter.

Details: Potter has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years, the The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said in an emailed statement.

Updated Apr 13, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Police: Officer who shot Daunte Wright accidentally pulled gun instead of Taser

The officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, outside Minneapolis Sunday appeared to have inadvertently pulled out her gun instead of a Taser, police said.

What's new: Officials on Monday night identified the officer involved in the shooting as Kim Potter, who has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department for 26 years.