Not only are the total numbers of police-involved deaths in the US appalling – 1,134 in 2015 alone – the final tally for the year highlighted once again the shockingly disproportionate number of African Americans affected as was exposed by a Guardian investigation – The Counted.
Young black men aged between 15 and 34 accounted for 15% of all deaths logged (five times higher than for their white counterparts) despite being just 2% of the population.
There is another much less well-documented feature of police brutality and violence: the prevalence of disabled people and in particular those with mental difficulties who are victims.
In an attempt to put the problem on the radar the Massachusetts-based disability rights non-profit organisation the Rudderman Family Foundation has published an eye-opening paper in which it estimates that a third to half of all people killed by police in the US have a disability.
In addition according to the foundation almost all well-known and widely reported cases of police violence involve a disabled person.