Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cops Kill 8 Times More Americans Than Terrorists Do

Dave Hodges
Activist Post

Many people have noticed that several of the local police officers, particularly the younger ones are more gruff, rude and even abusive as compared to the past. Many veteran officers attribute the shift towards DHS’ training of local police which focuses on teaching the police that the public is their enemy as opposed to the traditional view that teaches that the local population and the police are partners in keeping the community safe.

Whatever happened to the friendly neighborhood cop who walked a beat, was well-known and respected by the local residents and was seen as the protector of the neighborhood? Far too often, that cop has been replaced by thugs wearing camouflage, bank robber type black ski masks who are armed with automatic weapons and sometimes even break down the doors of people who are innocent.

A Long-Term Trend Towards the Militarization of the Local Police

Americans have long maintained that a man’s home is his castle and that he has the right to stand his ground in defending his property from dangerous interlopers.

Unfortunately, the right to defend one’s own home may be disappearing. America has become SWAT team happy. America has seen a disturbing trend towards militarization of its local civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and very disturbing rise in the use of paramilitary police units being used for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home. However, anyone can be SWAT-teamed, even those who default on their student loans have been SWAT-teamed.



Since 9/11, and the subsequent militarization of the police by the Department of Homeland Security, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by US police officers. The civilian death rate is nearly equal to the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq. In fact, you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.

Salt Lake City: The Federalization of Our Police

Under the creation of the Unified Police Department (UPD) in Salt Lake City, Utah local jurisdictions and municipalities which were previously controlled by the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, was reallocated to UPD. The UPD is a regional police force. They answer to no mayor, no city council and no county commissioners. The UPD is Salt Lake City’s new police department and serves as the model for the program which is being implemented in other police departments across the nation. This centralized Gestapo type of law enforcement does not belong anywhere in America.

It is clear that the police departments are being trained as the local enforcers of the coming martial law and they are also being trained to use horrific brutality.

While the majority of police officers are good men, reports like raiding the wrong house and subsequently killing the individuals inside are becoming more common place, and the officers that are involved rarely face any sort of consequences.

John Adams 61, was shot and killed by police in a drug raid on the wrong house. His wife Loraine, 70, was also handcuffed and forced to the ground. Not one of the officers has lost their job. In fact, some have even been promoted since the event.

Jose Guerena was shot and killed by several members of the Pima County Sheriff’s Office on a drug raid that produced no evidence of drug use or that of selling drugs. He was an Iraq veteran and the Pima Sheriffs officers let him bleed to death over the course of an hour after being shot over 60 times. The deputies denied Guerena medical attention. Not one of the officers has lost their job.

The Guerena and Adams cases are being played out all across the country. This is unacceptable in a supposed free society. However, what we are witnessing is the militarization of police for what looks like brutal martial law training. Why else would we see such senseless acts of violence being committed by police against American citizens all across the country?

The Data Says It Is Time for the Public to Act

The CATO Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, in 2010 there were 4,861 reports of police misconduct involving 6,613 sworn officers and 6,826 alleged victims.

The question of police discipline is one of the fox watching the hen house. Far too often the police are left to discipline themselves. Many communities who are dissatisfied with police departments’ internal discipline procedures have created volunteer police watch groups to prevent the police from hiding behind the discipline offered by colleagues as they hide behind the “thin blue line”, which serves to protect fellow officers accused of wrongdoing.

Coupled with the paramilitary design of the police bureaucracy itself, the police give in to what is already a serious problem in the ranks: the belief that the increasing use of power against a citizen is always justified no matter the violation. The police don’t understand that in many instances they are the cause of the escalation and bear more responsibility during an adverse outcome. The Cato Institute maintains a botched raid map at this link.

The Solution Is to Film Cops in the Performance of Their Duties

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Police should be filmed in the performance of their duty so there is no question as to whether the police are applying excessive force and are following the Constitution.

We can no longer trust cops to operate on their own authority. They must wear cameras.

In Minneapolis, the city government voted to spend $25,000 to have cops wear cameras in the performance of their duties. City Council member, Betsy Hodges, said that the city will ultimately save money from lessening the number of law suits.

Film Cops and Get Life In Prison

Unfortunately, many police are not warm to the idea of being filmed in the performance of their duties. However, it is perfectly legal to film cops so long as they are not interfered with, as nobody in public has an expectation of privacy. Yet, the law has not stopped some cops from abusing their authority and arresting people for harmlessly filming officers in the performance of their duty.

Michael Allison, recorded police officers on duty in his front yard inspecting vehicles he was repairing. The police cited Allison for failing to properly register his vehicles, and so he requested an ordinance review hearing. Allison now faces five felony counts, with each count carrying a penalty for 15 years in prison. For videotaping police and a court proceeding, Allison faces an unbelievable total of 75 years, or the rest of his life in prison under Illinois new eavesdropping statutes.

Conclusion

Clearly, the tide of increasing and deadly police brutality must be stemmed in America. The solutions that should be invoked are (1) invoke the 10th Amendment and forbid DHS to train local law enforcement; (2) repeal the legislation which permits the military and DHS to donate military hardware to local police departments, it is not needed and promotes a paramilitary attitude towards police work; (3) establish a citizen review board which will have authority over all complaints regarding police brutality. The police can longer be allowed to judge their own; and, (4) require all on-duty police to wear cameras.

These simple actions could go a long way towards re-establishing civilian control over too many departments which are clearly out of control and are serving to endanger the public as opposed to serving the public.

Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms Phoenix, News With Views and The Arizona Republic.

The Common Sense Show features a wide variety of important topics that range from the loss of constitutional liberties, to the subsequent implementation of a police state under world governance, to exploring the limits of human potential. The primary purpose of The Common Sense Show is to provide Americans with the tools necessary to reclaim both our individual and national sovereignty.




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39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't it interesting that the same thing happened in China, Cuba, Russia, Bulgaria and all other Communist run countries, not to mention NAZI Germany also. Remember also the STAZI?. This all happened due to:
One gun confiscation, two a lackadasical attitude of the citizenry that were all saying "Oh what can I do about it?" Three, the overwhelming addiction to among other things chemicals like cocaine and heroine, having fun at parties, pornography and of all things "Sports."

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

While I never claimed to be the brightest guy in the world, never claimed to be the most intelligent man on earth, never claimed to be the most handsome, but I do know that we are following the same trends here in the US as they did in those countries just before they fell to totalitarianism. We have placed radicals in office in more than one institution. Ever read Loudin's book "The Enemy Within?" This comes sixty years after the same concerns were voiced in 1953 by Senator Joseph McCarthy and his senate sub committee hearings that involved Senator Stewart Simington of Missouri who was somehow affiliated with radical groups in the US. This was covered over but proved by McCarthy. Now we have the same thing turning up again.

Ever hear the time worn saying "He that refuses to learn from history is doomed to repeat it?"

Grey Dread said...

Let's be honest now; cops ARE terrorists. Terrorist – the systematic use of violence (terror) as a means of coercion for political purposes.

Anonymous said...

Well, it seems that there needs to be a War against Cops in order to protect Americans.

Mfskinner said...

The American government has stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, we have no choice but to insist that there be regime change for the good of the children and future generations.

Renard Moreau said...

[ Smiles ] I am in total agreement with, Grey Dread's statement!

Anonymous said...

Cops, for the most part, have always been scumbags. The only thing different is that now it's a requirement. That and they're better armed.

There's still a lot more if us than there is of them.

Anonymous said...

The Michael Allison case in Illinois was dropped last year.

Anonymous said...

The American police kill hundreds of times more Americans that terrorists do, if we start counting after 9-11, and if we confine the data to American soil.

William Burke said...

Only EIGHT TIMES more? It's still powerful, as a stand-alone.

They've been indoctrinated, every day to see the people who pay their salaries as the enemy. Since that's clearly so, we need to hash out ways we can eliminate those salaries. The choice is clear: why in the WORLD should we continue to give money to those who would brutalize and enslave us? IT'S INSANE.

I don't have many easy answers, but I want to keep asking the question. Is a protracted, hard-shell national strike against out-of-control cops feasible?

Anonymous said...

here is what you HAVE to do... form a secret society and I DO MEAN SECRET and then network it to cover every state in the union...then what you do is this: you send in multiple elements of your society to BECOME police, FBI NSA and all other current evil that has plagued your country since LBJ and HOOVER and NIXON and BUSH and the TEXAS OIL FAT CATS did JFK and got away with it, (oh yes and the Chicago mob along with Gianconna and Trafficante and Frank Sturgis and company)...and you have your operatives change the system from within or die trying...the only other solution is mass violence or mass revolt ala Gandhi and we know how difficult and costly both of those options are from history!

SNAKEBELLY said...

Also, many a police chief from large metropolitan cities have received free - first class junkets to Israel for special training.

JdL said...

While the majority of police officers are good men,...

I'm really sick of reading equivocating nonsense like this. What, I wonder, is the author's motivation for including it?

From everything I can glean, the vast majority of police officers are either criminals themselves, or enablers of criminals, which is also a crime. I can see no reason for soft-pedaling this obvious truth.

Anonymous said...

A NATION BUILT ON BLOODSHED CAN ONLY OFFER WHAT IT HAS SOWED. WE ALL ARE PAYING GLOBALLY FOR THE ATROCITIES OF THE NOW AND THE PAST. WE ALL NEED A FUTURE WITHOUT BLOODSHED GLOBALLY. CAN ONLY BE POSSIBLE IF UNITED IN THE LOVE OF LIFE. ALL THE PEST FACTORS (POLITICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL TARGETS DONE BY THE SO CALLED ELITE WILL NEED DESTROYING BEFORE SUSTAINABLE CHANGE CAN BE SOWN AGAIN.) OUR LOVE OF LIFE NEEDS TO BE A UNITED CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT GLOBALLY.

Anonymous said...

Truth is that the deaths on 911 due to terrorism of the classic definition were ZERO. Those killed that day died due to a black op alliance of the rogue USA government with Israel. Terrorism? Yes- State terrorism.

Anonymous said...

Terrorists aren't bombing prisons. They are killing innocent people. Are you complaining that criminals are dying?

Anonymous said...

The risk for police is that if they insist on acting like an occupying army, they may one day be treated like one. If they think that's a winning situation for them they haven't been paying attention.

SicSemperTyrannis said...

Thank you JDL!
Indeed, I wonder as well - author, if you have done your homework, why do you include platitudes about how most cops are good men?
Indeed, they are not good men. They're not even OK men.

They are either the the ones committing the brutalities you complain about, or they are the line behind which the brutalizers hide, making it impossible for us to do anything about it.

Only while they're passively protecting their sociopath friends, they're also out collecting taxes for the state.

Get with the program here. Cops police the other cops. There are bad cops. THEREFORE THERE ARE NO GOOD COPS.

Once you all get that figured out, we can move on to lesson B, which is how WE DON'T EVEN NEED COPS TO BEGIN WITH.

technobrat said...

So according to their own "logic" ( their job is to keep us.....blah blah), measures must be taken by the treasonous bastards, to protect us from police. That means they must shift focus from terrorists to police.This would be interesting only because this "focus" would now be on a problem that actually exists (in reality) as opposed to those that don't exist until and unless they(u know the "protectors")create them. So what security measure will they offer to protect us from police? You guessed it.....the newly armed (but still clueless and criminal)TSA! There's just one teeny problem with this plan....when u have a real problem it requires a real solution(one that actually works)! That should obviously remove TSA from any consideration. Just imagine the comedy in having our "protection"provided by a group we should really also be "protected" from but the police we would normally be "protected" by r the same ones we were being now being "protected" from so we can't get "protection" from the group meant to "protect" us......on and on,etc, etc.
Wait...this "protection racket" seems oddly familiar to me. How 'bout u? Think about it for a sec! Really.....

Anonymous said...

Despite all the utter nonsense to the effect that "they lay their lives on the line for us every day," being a cop is in fact one of the safest outdoor occupations available, far safer than being a roofer (the most dangerous), tree surgeon, bush pilot, life-guard, construction worker, electrician, and many other rather mundane occupations. Then they get to retire after twenty and go to work in another department! Such a deal!

slrman said...

It isn't as if any rational person still believes the USA is a free country. Think about it. No-warrant wire taps, indefinite detention of citizens without charges, approval of rendition of prisoners and torture, stop and frisk without probable cause, search and seizure without a warrant, no-knock entry, confiscation and destruction of cameras that might have been used to film police acting illegally, police brutality, police shootings that go without investigation, managed news, and the civil-rights destroying "Patriot" Act.


Acts of police behaving illegally, with shootings, tasers, and unwarranted violence now appear almost daily. Rarely are these offenses punished. Most often "an investigation" is claimed, but soon forgotten

.

In addition, the USA, with 5% of the world population, has 25% of all of the prisoners in the world. That means the USA has the most people in prison of any nation in history. Even by percentage of residents incarcerated, not just sheer numbers. USA is # 1
. Does any of that sound like a free country?


As Dwight D. Eisenhower said about communism, "It's like slicing sausage. First they out off a small slice. That isn't worth fighting over. Then they take another small slice that isn't worth fighting over. Then another and another. Finally, all you have left is the string and that isn't worth fighting over, either.

Anonymous said...

98% of cops give the rest a bad name.

Hide Behind said...

Long has the Mormon Empire been part and parcel of every military intelligence operation.
That they now have a police force that is beyond Control of states people is not a all surprising .
Hell its National Guard made up almost in its entirety by members of its Mormon Religion and having that churchessponsored two year world wide missionary requirements gave NSA clear back before Clintons terms the language interperrters for intercepted telephone and radio intercepts of world and outside of Utah itself.

Cowards with badges said...

The former head of the East German STAZI came here to the U.S. after a job well done to be payed to teach the police in the major cities in dealing with slaves accordingly. His last name was Wolfe and I believe he is deceased at present. Wake up America, we already have an occupying army quartered among us in violation of the 3rd Amendement.

Noel Falconer said...

Nonsense. Gestapo-police DO belong in America. You're the Fourth Reich, the more cunning, more cynical inheritor of the Nazi hegemony. Stop being so hypocritical!

Noel Falconer

Marlene Keller said...

Never should we as citizens be apathetically allowing armed gangs to roam our streets murdering us with impunity as we have been and are doing. When you consider that we pay them to victimize us and supply them with ammunition to kill us with it is downright insane. Something has to change and it better be soon. We could revolt, and prevail, without ever firing a shot. United we stand. No one sends anything in the mail or over the Internet to any government, state or federal, on April 15th. A simple covenant, among citizens, gone viral which would get us back our freedom, our civil rights, and our power.
In April we can have him back.

Call Me Nostalgic

Anonymous said...

Who are the police killing? Innocent folk going to work or are 99% of them being shot because they are threatening other folk, robbing folk etc etc.

Making out like they are going about popping people for no good reason.

Anonymous said...

"Whatever happened to the friendly neighborhood cop who walked a beat, was well-known and respected by the local residents and was seen as the protector of the neighborhood?" That officer was shot and killed by thugs wearing ski masks.

"Many people have noticed that several of the local police officers, particularly the younger ones are more gruff, rude and even abusive as compared to the past." I'm sure that has nothing to do with criminals becoming more violent.

"Since 9/11, and the subsequent militarization of the police by the Department of Homeland Security, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by US police officers. The civilian death rate is nearly equal to the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq. In fact, you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist."
Iraq War, 2003-2011, Total U.S. Deaths = 4,488. Not sure how these numbers make me 8 times more likely to be killed by a cop versus a terrorist but, if indeed 5,000 Americans were killed by COPS, how many of those 5,000 deaths were found to be justified based on the deceased actions prior to being killed?

"We can no longer trust cops to operate on their own authority. They must wear cameras." All U.S. citizens should wear cameras, so we can all view each others daily activities to see who can be trusted and who can not be trusted. COPS wear cameras so the footage obtained can be viewed in court. Also, the COPS actions are being recorded as well. So more accurately, COPS don't wear cameras because they can't be trusted, COPS wear cameras because criminals can't be trusted.

"However, anyone can be SWAT-teamed, even those who default on their student loans have been SWAT-teamed." Obviously, the author of this article defaulted on their student loans and never graduated as well, because there is no in-text citations or any type of references documented to show where these statistics or supposedly factual information is being obtained from. English Writing 101 would have taught them that.

Thanks for the laughs, but this article has no factual bearings to it what so ever.

Anonymous said...

The statistics about anything being more likely than terrorism reminds me of the Concorde. People always said "the Concorde is the safest plane in the sky - no accidents" when in fact it was intuitively obvious to anyone with a brain that the plane was by nature much less safe than an ordinary plane. Only a miniscule percentage of passenger miles flown were Concorde, well under 1%. So the first time the Concorde crashed, it instantly become the statistically most dangerous plane in the sky, by large measure.
If terrorists ever succeed in detonating a nuclear device (and they surely would love to do so), all your meaningless statistics about the likelihood of being killed by terrorists will be turned on its head.

Anonymous said...

We have done that already. We have done that to the educational system of America. Look where that has got us.

desertspeaks said...

Riddle me this, what is the difference between a terrorist and a police officer!?!?!
you can negotiate with a terrorist!

Anonymous said...

Giving someone power to control people only leads to problems. Sadly people who are given too much power tend to abuse it, or try to use their power to avoid a mistake done by them. Every year we the people see our protectors whom should protect us, kill our children and the innocent.

Anonymous said...

I agree 100 the police need to be held responsible for there actions and not excused because they are the law. Who gets to decide who becomes a police officer. They are people to not the best in my oppnion. They are worse than the people they supposed to b protecting u from. A bunch of punks with mental issues. They are chickens and they should be scared people are getting tired of there abuse.

Matthew Leccese said...

Wow. You guys are dumb. I'm from Canada and being an officer in Canada is still a very demanding and dangerous occupation. They are human beings, with families and a life. Sure, there's going to be bad press about an officer breaking the law, or abusing their powers and so on and so on, but if you were to generalize your assumptions about the Police community as a whole, based on just a few bad apples? Well then I guess I'd have to do the same thing for Americans. I always see school shootings and mall shootings in the USA. Does that mean that all Americans are Mentally Ill psychopaths who go on shooting rampages? Or maybe a bunch of thugs and gangsters like I see in the movies? No. Bad press will always be played before good press. And think about it. In the USA, the firearms legislation and over watch is a joke!! You honestly think that if you provide a police officer, who by the way lives in the same community as you, most likely has a family like most people do, who can bleed out like any other human being, with just a pistol and vest to defend not just his own life but another person's well being, against an extremist or hardened criminal who will most likely have an assault rifle with some pretty damaging ammunition? So far every school shooting in the news in the USA is some guy with an assault rifle, shotgun, SMG, you name it. Instead of just criticizing and bash talking the police, how about you do a few ride-alongs with them? Get more involved with the Police. See through their eyes for a change. See what they see. I guarantee you, your perspective will change. And if CHANGE is what you're after, DO SOMETHING. Get into politics or get involved more in your community rather than reading this garbage and commentating your opinion but then doing nothing about it. You say you want to learn from history, well guess what. Nothing ever changed with people just sitting at home on their computers bitching and moaning about the world. People got shit done. Also, salaries for officers in the USA are total garbage compared to here in Canada. Pay your officers more money with better benefits, and you'll see a lower rate of corruption. And if you truly believe that "thugs" are being hired by the police, maybe research what the qualifications are to be an officer and see if maybe they need amending. Again, not going to happen if you just bitch and moan and do do anything about it. Stop blaming the system. YOU ARE THE SYSTEM. And maybe you should compare stats from other countries to your own in regards to police abuse, and just really see if it's as bad as you think it is. Plus with today's technology, with youtube and video recordings, it's a lot harder now to get away with police abuse. Just saying.

Matthew Leccese said...

The article is well written. But most of the replies are absolutely ignorant. How about you guys get off your ass and do something about it. Get into politics, get involved more in your community and maybe TRY and make a difference and to make a change that you see fit. I'm from Canada and the police here are great. Maybe pay your officers more? They get garbage pay and benefits compared to here in Canada. Also, your gun control and policies are really crap too. I can only imagine waking up every day, knowing that people own assault rifles and other ridiculous weaponry in their homes, I'd would like peace of mind (as an officer) having military grade equipment and weapons at my disposal if shit hit the fan. Every school shooting or mall shooting involved some sort heavy fire power. So when you're first on scene, and all you have is a side-arm and a dinky vest, how confident would you feel about putting your life on the line? I highly recommend that you people participate in a few Ride Alongs with your local police. Get to actually speak to them. They are human beings. They are people just like us. But when the uniform is on, they can't be your normal citizen or your average Joe Blow. They have to the enforcers of the law, and the protectors of society. And bottom line is, you don't know who you're dealing with. Even if you've known them you whole life. Bottom line is, it comes down to survival. When's the last time you heard a North American police officer go into a school or a movie theater and just unleash death?...That's what I thought. And if you base your perception about the police community as a whole, just based on bad press, well then you are clearly misguided. If I were to sum up the USA based on just media and Hollywood, well, that would make all of you some pretty psychotic, fat, violent and gun crazy people. And albeit some Americans are, I hope not all are like that.

Matthew Leccese said...

Oh and also, I'd like to see the stats for a citizen killing another citizen vs police killing a citizen. I'm pretty optimistic that citizen on citizen crime is way higher.

Matthew Leccese said...

@Dave Hodges, I Googled the Michael Allison story, those charges were dropped back in 2011. State judge declared the charges unconstitutional. Just FYI for everyone else. This wasn't recent.

Patrick Goudie said...

@ Matthew First, starting salary for a police officer in my hometown is $50,000 a year, 2x what I make in construction. Free tax-payer paid healthcare including vision, dental, mental health and substance abuse is included. About rogue cops killing, try googling Christopher Dorner. Police in the US investigate themselves, charges are rarely brought and when they are juries are terrified to convict. Google Kelly Thomas, a homeless man beaten to death by police. Google: Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Emma Hernandez and Margie Carranza, Abner Louima, and Glenn Broadnax. All these are examples of police killing, brutalizing, or blaming others for police mistakes. In the US, we are protected by the Constitution from illegal search and seizure. NYPD Stop and Frisk is a gross violation of our 4th amendment right and has been ruled such by the courts and ordered stopped. Stop and Frisk continues. Did I mention the police are sworn to uphold the Constitution as well as the law? Not all police are incompetent nor negligent, but the ones that are are protected by police unions and their peers and superiors. This immunity from consequences for those increases the instances of otherwise "good" police officers violating peoples rights. Fear of reprisal keeps citizens from becoming more outspoken about police abuses. Never has an SMG (I'm assuming you mean sub-machine gun with fully automatic capability) been used in a mass shooting in the US since the 1930's. Only police, specially licensed security personnel, and collectors can own fully automatic weapons. Police can own sawn-off shotguns of 12" in length, most states limit private individuals to 18" or 21". Handguns are illegal in some US localities, except for the police to own. Police are anything but poorly armed. The average citizen of the US is terrified of the police. You call for help or attempt to get help either you are arrested or shot in many cases. Google: Keith Vidal or Jonathan Ferrell. FYI an assault rifle is a myth, its just a semi-auto rifle with some cosmetic differences(fore grip, flash suppressor, folding stock, heat shroud). Any semi-auto weapon can be fitted with an extended magazine. FYI in the US we have a Constitutional right to go armed and the police are under no obligation to protect anyone(consistent Supreme Court ruling for the past 30 yrs. on that one). FYI homicide rate at 30 yr low; chances of dying at another's hands with a firearm: 11,000 homicides with firearms last yr with 314,000,000 people legally in the US. That is 1.1 in 314,000 chance of being killed by a firearm in the US. Do not believe our politically motivated media. 10 per 100,000 they say.

Sean Chase said...

Sorry if this is somewhat a double post. The site made me sign in to my Google account even though I'm already signed into my Google account, and I can't tell if "comment will be visible after approval" means that what I type now will go up after approval or if I have an actual comment pending. If I do indeed have a comment pending, please discard that one, now that I now for sure this one will go through I've decided to flesh it out a bit more.

OK, while as a gut reaction to seeing so many police brutality stories, I tend to agree with people that say "cops are getting more brutal these days" that claim does not fly for me in terms of evidence. The only hard data I see in actual raw numbers were from the CATO institute, which I can see is credible. (I mistrust numbers more than I mistrust the police at times, but these numbers are legit; I looked into their methodology). However, one year's numbers don't tell me the full story. So there were about 6,000 instances of alleged, note ALLEGED police misconduct in 2010 alone. That just tells me there were over 6,000 alleged instances of police misconduct. The other number cited is the 5,000 people killed by police since 9/11. This is a pretty sobering number. Five thousand people in less than ten years. My only issue is, what about the years before?

If there really is an upward trend of police brutality, why not show numbers from at least since 1990? Surely those numbers have to exist somewhere.

Is the militarization of the police a solution to a non-existent problem? Yes, I think so.

I watch a YouTube channel called TheYoungTurks, and they cover police brutality on a fairly regular basis. One question I've seen them pose is: is police brutality actually on the rise, or has it always been the same but it's just being exposed more often now that we have better means of communication and sharing of information? That, unfortunately, is a question I have yet to see the answer to.

Anonymous said...

Wait till you become a victim a police lies like i have...watch the lawyers be o scared to make enemies of prosecutors when being n good erms with them is beter than accusing a cop of obvious lies...the systems is f'd. We are f'd. And if we rose up, one reaper drone could take 1,000 in the blink of an eye.

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