- AP constanly sought to dive deeper than just providing the latest story information.
- After Philando Castile was fatally shot in Minnesota, AP revealed he had been stopped 52 times that year by police and issued more than 80 citations, information that formed the foundation of editorials and was among the week’s top five stories on AP Mobile.
- Following the shooting of five Dallas police officers, AP broke off six reporters to focus exclusively on investigating the shooter’s background, providing a substantial profile with named sources that shed light on one of the most competitive stories of the year.
AP provided extensive coverage of fatal police shootings across the U.S., often going beyond the main story to take a deeper look at the forces driving rising racial tensions and mistrust between the police and the people they are sworn to protect.
Greg Gunn. Montgomery, Alabama, Feb. 25, 2016.
Montgomery, Alabama, police officer Aaron Smith, who is white, has been charged with murder in the February shooting death of 58-year-old Greg Gunn. Officer Smith shot Gunn, who was unarmed, in the early hours of Feb. 25, steps from the man’s home, according to police.
Akiel Denkins. Raleigh, North Carolina, Feb. 29, 2016.
A North Carolina prosecutor concluded that a white officer acted in self-defense when he shot a black man in Raleigh. Police have said 24-year-old Akiel Denkins pulled out a gun and reached for Officer D.C. Twiddr’s weapon before the officer shot and killed him in late February. Twiddy was trying to arrest Denkins after he failed to appear in court on felony charges related to selling cocaine.
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert
Alton Sterling. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 5, 2016.
37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed during a confrontation with two police officers outside a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, convenience store where he was selling music and movies on discs. Cellphone video of the shooting posted online by a community activist set off angry protests.
Philando Castile. Falcon Heights, Minnesota, July 6, 2016.
A Minnesota officer fatally shot a man — identified by relatives as 32-year-old Philando Castile — while he was in a car with a woman and a child in in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb. The aftermath of the Wednesday shooting was purportedly livestreamed in a widely shared Facebook video, which shows a woman in a vehicle with a man whose shirt appears to be soaked in blood telling the camera “police just shot my boyfriend for no apparent reason.”
AP Photo / Eric Gay
Five police officers. Dallas, Texas, July 7, 2016.
Micah Johnson, a 25-year-old Army veteran, fatally shot five officers because he was upset about the fatal police shootings of two black men earlier in the week and wanted to exterminate whites, “especially white officers.” The shooting began while hundreds of people were gathered to protest the two shootings of Sterling and Castile.
Three police officers. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 17, 2016.
Gavin Long, a 29-year-old Marine veteran, fatally shot three Baton Rouge police officers when they responded to a report of a man with an assault rifle at a gas station. In a message posted days before the shooting, Jackson said he was physically and emotionally tired and complained that while in uniform he gets nasty looks. When hr’s out of uniform, he said, some people consider him a threat.
Terence Crutcher. Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sept. 16, 2016.
Officer Betty Shelby was enroute to a domestic violence call when she encountered Terence Crutcher and his SUV in the middle of a Tulsa road. Shelby said Crutcher was acting erratically and not cooperating with her orders so she called for backup. When the second police car arrived, Crutcher had his hands raised and was walking toward his car with his back to Shelby. He was then Tasered by one officer before being fatally shot by Shelby, who said she was “in fear for her life” despite Crutcher being unarmed and having no weapons in his vehicle.
AP Photo / Gerry Broome
Keith Lamont Scott. Charlotte, North Carolina, Sept. 20, 2016.
Two plainclothes Charlotte police officers were preparing to arrest someone else when they saw Scott sitting in an SUV, rolling a marijuana blunt and also armed. After exiting his vehicle, police say he refused repeated commands to drop a gun. Seeing his actions as an “imminent physical threat,” one of the officers shot and ultimately killed Scott.