The Washington Post reported on July 1, 2017 that the number of people shot and killed by the police in by mid-2017 (492 people) was nearly identical to the number at this point in both 206 and 2015. Sam Walker commented that people have unrealistic expectations about how police reform occurs in the U.S. There are 18,000 separate law enforcement agencies, all of which are governed by local authorities with minimal controls over such key issues as use of deadly force policy, training, and discipline. In this highly decentralized context, it extremely difficult to effect changes in police practices that will cover all departments.

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