UK Killing by Police Underscores Depth of Crisis in US

A London officer late Sunday shot and killed a local Enfield man in what sources say is the first fatal shooting by a member of the British police forces since 2011.

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The 43-year-old white male was shot outside an apartment in Enfield, north of London, after police received a call saying that a man believed to be carrying a weapon was making “threats to kill,” the Independent reports. According to Scotland Yard, the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for investigation.

The incident comes amid increasing scrutiny over use of force by police, particularly in the United States. The last police killing in the UK was the 2011 shooting of 29-year-old Mark Duggan. Whereas, according to the Guardian’s ongoing tally, U.S. police forces have killed at least 776 people so far this year.