Police In The Us Kill Citizens At Over 70 Times The Rate Of Other First-world Nations

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    In case you’ve been under a rock lately, it is becoming quite clear that police in the US can and will kill people, even unarmed people, even on video, and do so with impunity.

    The tallying methods, or rather lack thereof, used by both the FBI and individual police departments to count the amount of people killed by police, have been shown to be staggeringly inaccurate.

    However, this inability of the government to count the number of people it kills, has been met with multiple alternative means of calculating just how deadly the state actually is.

    One of these citizen run databases, is the website www.killedbypolice.com. The site is basically a spreadsheet that lists every person killed by cops in the years 2013 and 2014. In addition to naming those killed, it also provides a link to media reports for each of the killings, age, sex and race if available.

    The tally for 2014? 1,100 people killed by those sworn to protect. That is an average of three people a day.
    Do not mistake this as saying that those who were killed were innocent. However, when we look at violent crime in this country, we can see that it is at an all time low.

    While violence among citizens has dropped, violence against citizens carried out by police has been rising sharply.

    When we look at citizens killed by police over the last two years, deaths have increased 44 percent in this short time; 763 people were killing by police in 2013.

    As a comparison, the total number of US troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, in 2014 was 58.

    Fewer soldiers were killed in war than citizens back home in “the land of the free” in 2014, by a large margin.

    So why is that?
    Is this some natural tendency of police in “free societies” to kill their citizens more, in an effort to maintain this freedom? Hardly, and hardly is the US a free country.

    According to the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index released in November, in the measure of personal freedom, the United States has fallen from 9th place in 2010 to 21st worldwide—behind such countries as Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

    Other such rankings systems show the US as low as 46.

    Let’s look at our immediate neighbors to the north, Canada. The total number of citizens killed by law enforcement officers in the year 2014, was 14; that is 78 times less people than the US.

    If we look at the United Kingdom, 1 person was killed by police in 2014 and 0 in 2013. English police reportedly fired guns a total of three times in all of 2013, with zero reported fatalities.

    From 2010 through 2014, there were four fatal police shootings in England, which has a population of about 52 million. By contrast, Albuquerque, N.M., with a population 1 percent the size of England’s, had 26 fatal police shootings in that same time period.

    China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded 12 killings by law enforcement officers in 2014.

    Let that sink in. Law enforcement in the US killed 92 times more people than a country with nearly 1.4 billion people.
    It doesn’t stop there.

    From 2013-2014, German police killed absolutely no one.

    In the entire history of Iceland police, they have only killed 1 person ever. After exhausting all non-lethal methods to detain an armed man barricaded in his house who actually shot 2 police officers, police were forced to take the 59-year-old man’s life. The country of Iceland grieved for weeks after having to resort to violence.

    So why are police in the US so much more likely to kill than all of these other first world countries?
    To better understand the multi-dimensional answer to that question, we can start by looking at the prison population of the US.



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    America imprisons almost twenty five percent of all people imprisoned in the world, although containing only about 5% of the worlds population, an extremely disproportionate share of people imprisoned globally.

    The U.S. houses 2.3 million inmates, while China, a country with four times the population of the U.S., is a distant second with 1.6 million prisoners.

    The war on drugs coupled with the military industrial state created by the US playing police of the world, has created a deadly combination.

    A constant pursuit of new weaponry by the military has paved the way for the hand-me-down cycle of military gear to police departments.

    The idea was that if the U.S. wanted its police to act like drug warriors, it should equip them like warriors, which it has—to the tune of around $4.3 billion in equipment, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union.

    What we are calling the militarization of of police has already taken place, on a large scale. We are now seeing a domestic military, pretending to be a police force.
    The time for peaceful resistance is now and more and more people are beginning to understand this.

    Even retired police chiefs of large cities are watching from the sidelines with anxiety as they see their once, only slightly corrupt cities, turn into occupied militarized zones, ready to pounce on the first instance of civil opposition.

    The most recent of former police chiefs coming to terms with the horrid consequences of their actions is Norm Stamper, former chief of the Seattle Police. Stamper was recently on the Colbert Report and Stephen Colbert asked him what happened during the infamous Seattle WTO protests in 1999 under his leadership. “Well we gassed non-threatening, non-violent protesters,” replied the former Chief of police for Seattle Washington.

    Of course while Norm Stamper was a cop, he didn’t realize that his actions, no matter how “justified” by the state, would be contributing to a hellish future police state. Stamper, like myself a 4 year veteran of the USMC, and most of those who serve, or have served the state in some way, are unable to think outside of the paradigm while simultaneously supporting it.

    “Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service.” -Two time medal of honor recipient General Smedley Butler, USMC

    Because Stamper is out of the paradigm, he can see clearer now. According to his website, he wants to:

    End the Drug War… Drive Bigotry and Brutality Out of the Criminal Justice System… Honor the Constitution… Build Respect for Cops…
    So far, Stamper has been quite outspoken against the police state of which he was once complicit in creating. In order to affect change more people like Stamper need to come out. If half of the officers that contacted the Free Thought Project spoke publicly about their concerns, we’d be in a much better place.

    Unfortunately when officers do speak out against their own department they are met with horrid backlash from their peers.

    The Free Thought Project is contacted regularly by police officers who know the system they uphold is completely corrupt, but they find it nearly impossible to call out the corruption.

    Most recently an officer in Texas contacted us, who wanted to help prevent brutality and corruption. When we told him that speaking out and refusing to enforce immoral laws is how to change things, he replied by stating that he does refuse to arrest people for marijuana possession, but that he “fear(s) the repercussions by speaking out, simply because I do need a paycheck.”

    When police fear the police, it is high time for change.
    The overwhelming majority of police brutality cases stem from the war on drugs. When so many people are tasked with finding and prosecuting those in possession of a substance deemed illegal, the interactions become more frequent and less cordial. If we end that, we get the state out of the private lives of most individuals. This will only serve to lessen the scope of police harassment, in turn lessening the instance of brutality and killings.

    The Free Thought Project is currently planning a world wide day of peaceful resistance to #End the Drug War.

    We are also starting a Go Fund Me campaign to help support whistleblower police officers. With enough ‘good cops’ coming out against corruption in their departments, this would help to speed up the awakening process for Americans who still support the police state.

    We’ve seen the change that one or two good cops can effect, imagine 100.

    The time for peaceful action is now


    Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/po...rate-first-world-nations/#FcAdevCLMsJ8guuc.99
     
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/...ng_n_5696546.html?ir=India&adsSiteOverride=in

    St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story


    The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released cell phone footage Wednesday of the police shooting of Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old black man killed on Tuesday in St. Louis, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

    A convenience store owner called 911 on Tuesday when he suspected Powell stole drinks and donuts from his shop, according to a recording of the call. Another woman called to report Powell was acting erratically and had a knife in his pocket.

    Two officers in a police SUV responded to the calls, the cell phone video shows. When the officers got out of their vehicle, Powell walked in their direction, yelling and telling them to shoot him already.

    St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Tuesday that both of the officers opened fire on Powell when he came within a three or four feet of them holding a knife "in an overhand grip."

    But the newly released cell phone footage undermines the statement, showing Powell approaching the cops, but not coming as close as was reported, with his hands at his side. The officers began shooting within 15 seconds of their arrival, hitting Powell with a barrage of bullets.

    The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released the video and 911 calls, tellingSt. Louis Public Radio that it plans to act transparently.

    The shooting death occurred less than four miles from where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in the suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9.


    The St. Louis Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post. [See UPDATE below.]

    Dotson defended the officers in a television appearance later Wednesday, acknowledging the discrepancies between his Tuesday account and what the video revealed. Though Powell's hands were down by his sides, Dotson told CNN, he was moving toward the officer with a knife.

    "The officers did what I think you or I would do, they protected their life in that situation," Dotson said.

    CNN's Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo pushed Dotson on the officers' decision to use lethal force, rather than opting for an alternate form of defense like a Taser.

    "Certainly a Taser is an option that's available to the officers, but Tasers aren't 100 percent," Dotson said. "So you've got an individual with a knife who's moving towards you, not listening to any verbal commands, continues, says, 'shoot me now, kill me now.' Tasers aren't 100 percent. if that Taser misses, that [individual] continues on and hurts an officer."

    "In a lethal situation, they used lethal force," he added.

    Listen to the 911 calls at St. Louis Public Radio, and watch the video below. Note that both contain graphic images and language.

    Warning: The below video includes graphic content.


    UPDATE: Aug. 22, 5 p.m. -- "On the day of the officer-involved shooting, Chief Dotson briefed the media at the scene and provided information given to him by witnesses, not the officers," Schron Jackson, spokesperson for the St. Louis police, told HuffPost. "Witnesses reported the suspect held the knife in an over-hand grip. After reading the officers' statements, the next day, Chief Dotson called a press conference to inform the media/community of the officers account of the incident. It's not uncommon for initial reports to have inaccuracies, witnesses at different angles see different things. Chief Dotson was being open and transparent in releasing the video to the media/community."

    Jackson added that Powell was indeed holding a knife, which was recovered at the scene.
     
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    The cops of USA is such a brave bunch that they shoot everyone whether they pose an immediate threat or not.

    If the incident as the vid shows happens in India, that cop would be dragged to jail on murder charge. It was pure and simple murder. Shooting once may be understandable, but shooting 5-6 times to a man just 7-8 feet away who was not attempting to attack but swaggering, is simply murder. Watching this one can understand why the riots took place. The cops hold no value in the life of the people they are supposed to protect and serve. Heck, even UP police are better than this!
     
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    Another freaking story.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-gretna_wittsep04-story.html#page=1
     

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