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    Angry Open Season on US! Cops kill 2.6 people per day.

    WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- A data analysis by The Washington Post suggests that police in the United States shot and killed an average of more than two people a day so far in 2015 -- double the number suggested by federal data.
    The newspaper released a report on Saturday using interviews, police reports and local news accounts to compile a database of every fatal shooting by police in 2015.

    It concluded that police shot and killed 385 people nationwide in the first five months of the year -- a rate of 2.6 per day.

    This challenges federal data on police shootings for the past decade, which tallies approximately 400 annual police shootings, or an average of 1.1 per day. According to The Post, reporting on such incidents is voluntary, and less than 3 percent of the nation's 18,000 state and local police agencies have reported fatal shootings by their officers to the FBI since 2011.

    The Post's analysis suggests that at the current rate, police will have shot and killed 1,000 people by the end of the year.
    "These shootings are grossly under*reported," Jim Bueermann, a former police chief and president of the Washington-based Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving law enforcement, told The Post. "We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don't begin to accurately track this information."

    Along with the numbers disparity, the report found that about half of the victims were white and the rest minority, but it indicated that two-thirds of the unarmed victims were black or Hispanic.

    In all, the victims -- 20 women and 365 men ages 16 to 83 -- comprised 171 white people, 100 black people, 54 Hispanic people, six Asian people, three "others" and 31 of unknown race and ethnicity. However, after adjusting by the population of the census tracts where the shootings occurred, the analysis found that black people were shot and killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities.

    More than 80 percent of the victims were armed with some sort of weapon, but at least 16 percent were unarmed or carrying a toy, according to the report, and of the 385 police shootings this year, only three -- or 1 percent -- have resulted in criminal charges.
    A Washington Post report in April found that among the thousands of police shootings since 2005, only 54 officers have been charged.

    Last edited by Root; 05-31-2015 at 09:06 PM.

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    I was just watching the original Twilight Zone last night, episode "A Nice Place to Visit".
    It opens with a man burgling a store, and the cops show up racing their cars down the street and shooting at the man out of their windows.
    They chase him into an alley and gun him down while he's climbing a fence.

    Now I know that this is fantasy, but as I was watching it I couldn't help but note to my wife that this TV show we were watching is 56 years old. And that part of the episode was just the setup for the rest: it wasn't the twist part, it wasn't the social commentary part... it was just a plot point. We're talking at most 60 seconds after the opening titles.

    At a very minimum, people have accepted the fact that cops show up guns blazing and only asking questions or double-checking their work ex post facto, since at least then. This show just dumped the viewer into this situation where a fleeing burglar is getting gunned down in the street, and the audience is just expected to understand this. The writers didn't consider this part fantastic - they used it as a quick segue, something the viewer would instantly identify with.

    This is their job. To show up, guns blazing, and not ask questions, and get indignant when anyone else starts asking them.
    This has always been the case. The evidence is all around you.
    Last edited by fisharmor; 05-31-2015 at 09:19 PM.
    There are no crimes against people.
    There are only crimes against the state.
    And the state will never, ever choose to hold accountable its agents, because a thing can not commit a crime against itself.

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    officer safety 1st

    'We endorse the idea of voluntarism; self-responsibility: Family, friends, and churches to solve problems, rather than saying that some monolithic government is going to make you take care of yourself and be a better person. It's a preposterous notion: It never worked, it never will. The government can't make you a better person; it can't make you follow good habits.' - Ron Paul 1988

    Awareness is the Root of Liberation Revolution is Action upon Revelation

    'Resistance and Disobedience in Economic Activity is the Most Moral Human Action Possible' - SEK3

    Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo.

    ...the familiar ritual of institutional self-absolution...
    ...for protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment...

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