There have been a lot of threads about police shootings in this forum. The Washington Post has a very interesting article about it (link here). Rather than cherry-picking odd facts here and there for debate, the story should and considered as a whole. The first thing I take from it is that is seem ridiculous that a newspaper has to do this research. I would like to see Congress pass a law requiring all police shootings to be reported to the Department of Justice so that at least we know the scale of the problem. The second thing I take from this article is that the US police really do not seem to know how to de-escalate encounters with the mentally ill.