HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Americans are eight times...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 10:56 PM

Americans are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist

US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11


Though Americans commonly believe law enforcement’s role in society is to protect them and ensure peace and stability within the community, the sad reality is that police departments are often more focused on enforcing laws, making arrests and issuing citations. As a result of this as well as an increase in militarized policing techniques, Americans are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, estimates a Washington’s Blog report based on official statistical data.

Though the U.S. government does not have a database collecting information about the total number of police involved shootings each year, it’s estimated that between 500 and 1,000 Americans are killed by police officers each year. Since 9/11, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by U.S. police officers, which is almost equivalent to the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty in Iraq.


Racist policing

A big element in the police killings, Prysner says, is racism. “A big majority of those killed are Latinos and Black people,” while the police officers are mostly White, he said. “It’s a badge of honor to shoot gang members so go out and shoot people who look like gang members,” Prysner argued, giving the example of 34-year-old Rigoberto Arceo, who was killed by police on May 11.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Arceo, who was a biomedical technician at St. Francis Medical Center, was shot and killed after getting out of his sister’s van. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Arceo “advanced on the deputy and attempted to take the deputy’s gun.” However, Arceo’s sister and 53-year-old Armando Garcia — who was barbecuing in his yard when the incident happened — say that Arceo had his hands above his head the entire time.





http://www.mintpressnews.com/us-police-murdered-5000-innocent-civilians-since-911/172029/

14 replies, 843 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 14 replies Author Time Post
Reply Americans are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist (Original post)
FreakinDJ Jun 22 OP
NYC_SKP Jun 22 #1
Cali_Democrat Jun 22 #2
Cali_Democrat Jun 22 #3
Cali_Democrat Jun 22 #4
KeepItReal Jun 22 #6
billhicks76 Jun 23 #11
Dawson Leery Jun 22 #5
blkmusclmachine Jun 23 #7
truth2power Jun 23 #8
ECHOFIELDS Jun 23 #9
C Moon Jun 23 #10
joshcryer Jun 23 #12
ErikJ Jun 23 #13
indepat Jun 23 #14

Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 11:05 PM

1. Let's hurry up and repeal that inconvenient and silly Second Amendment!

And clowns.



K/R

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)


Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)


Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 11:08 PM

4. Aren't they one in the same? nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 11:15 PM

6. "The enemy is right here, G...Them foreigners ain't never did sh@t to me."

Quote from the Geto Boys back in 1991. Taking about the first Iraq war.

The track is called "Fuck a War"

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:13 AM

11. Yes...And

If you take stats beginning in 2002 it's probably 200 times more likely.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 11:13 PM

5. kick

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:34 AM

7. Police State

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:03 AM

8. I recommend reading "The Divide" by Matt Taibbi

to see how pervasive it is that the wealthy are almost never punished for the most heinous of crimes against the American people, while those without means are arrested, incarcerated and even killed for the most inconsequential reasons.

That picture is disgusting!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:05 AM

9. Our Proverbial Well Regulated Militia?

 




Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:13 AM

10. Wow! Those are policemen???

That's fu@#ing scary.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:16 AM

12. This is why I say dissolve the NSA and CIA.

They serve literally no purpose.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:55 AM

13. I'd never be a cop. No pay is good enough with the arsenals out there these days

The only way I'd be a cop in this gun crazed country is if I was in tank. To hell with the NRA.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FreakinDJ (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 05:01 PM

14. Oh the joys of living in a right-wing police state where plutocrats are gorged by government

while only a passing pittance is paid to the promote the general welfare doctrine.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread