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More Americans Killed By Police Than By Terrorists: With Crime Down, Why Is Police Aggression Up?
We're safer than ever. So why are we seeing an ever increasing militarization of policing?
March 20, 2014 |
This article first appeared at WhoWhatWhy.
You might not know it from watching TV news, but FBI statistics show that crime in the U.S.—including violent crime—has been trending steadily downward for years, falling 19% between 1987 and 2011. The job of being a police officer has become safer too, as the number of police killed by gunfire plunged to 33 last year, down 50% from 2012, to its lowest level since, wait for it, 1887, a time when the population was 75% lower than it is today.
Given the good news on crime, what are we to make of a report by the Justice Policy Institute, a not-for-profit justice reform group, showing that state and local spending on police has soared from $40 billion in 1982 to more than $100 billion in 2012. Adding in federal spending on law enforcement, including the FBI, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Drug Enforcement Agency and much of the Homeland Security Department budget, as well as federal grants to state and local law enforcement more than doubles that total. A lot of that money is simply pay and benefits. The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that the ranks of state and local law enforcement personnel alone swelled from 603,000 to 794,000 between 1992 and 2010. That’s about two-thirds as many men and women as the entire active-duty US military.
What these statistics make clear is that policing in America is ramping up even as the crime rate is falling.
To the advocates of militarized policing, this just proves that more and better-armed cops are the answer to keeping the peace. But former corrections officer Ted Kirkpatrick, like many experts in the field, warns against jumping to this conclusion: “Police will of course say crime is down because of them,” he tells WhoWhatWhy, “but they have a vested interest in saying that.”
Kirkpatrick has the credentials and training to look beyond statistics and simplistic answers to the underlying social forces at work here. In addition to his years of law enforcement experience, he is a homicide expert in the Department of Clinical Sociology at the University of New Hampshire, and Co-Director of the university’s Justiceworks program, a think-tank specializing in law enforcement and justice issues.
“When something goes sour, like an increase in crime,” Kirkpatrick says, “everyone looks for a way to explain why. Yet when things go well, like this long-term fall in the crime rate, nobody bothers to look at why.”
Surprising Reasons for Drop in Crime Rate
Militarized “pro-active” policing may have had some effect on the drop in crimes in the US. But Kirkpatrick says, “I don’t think it’s the big thing.” Crime is down even in many cities where police forces have been cut for budget reasons, and experts agree that the decline in crime began before the militarization of policing really started to take off.
Other factors likely play a bigger role. One is increased immigration since, contrary to common belief, communities with greater numbers of immigrant families show the biggest drops in crime thanks to those families’ “stronger social fabric.” Another factor is an aging population—older people commit fewer violent crimes.
One might assume that the militarization of American law enforcement began after the national trauma of 9/11. But, in fact, its roots go back decades earlier, when media stories in the 1970s created the impression that the nation was awash in illegal drugs.
A big part of the problem, she says, is that these days “officer safety” is given primacy over “protect and serve.” A case in point: a South Carolina sheriff’s deputy in February shot and seriously injured a 70-year-old man at a traffic stop when the man tried to retrieve his cane from the back of his pick-up truck. The Sheriff’s Department said the deputy acted “appropriately,” as he had “a legitimate fear” that the cane might have been a long rifle.
In another recent example, New York City police shot and injured an unarmed man who was acting “erratically” in Times Square. The officers were exonerated, while the man they shot was charged with causing injury to several bystanders—who were hit by the police officers’ stray bullets.
In fact, while being a police officer has been getting less dangerous, killings committed by police have been rising despite the drop in police who are killed.
The numbers are eye opening. The Justice Department, which keeps all kinds of statistics on violent crime, does not tally up individuals killed annually by police. But by combing public news reports and other sources, the Justice Policy Institute has estimated that police officers in the U.S. killed 587 people in 2012 alone. Over the course of a decade, they’ve tallied more than 5,000 people in the U.S. during that period—far more than the number of people who lost their lives in acts officially classified as terrorism in roughly the same span.
The many instances of deadly police violence captured on video give a visceral reality to these statistics. They show police beating and sometimes needlessly shooting citizens—even those with their hands up or armed only with a knife or stick while standing too far from responding officers to pose a threat.
In some jurisdictions, police have responded to these damaging videos by routinely confiscating bystanders’ cell phones and threatening witnesses with arrest, even though federal courts have consistently held that citizens have a right to photograph and videotape officers engaged in police actions.
“I’m not sure that spending money on more police, on Kevlar suits and on things like armored vehicles is the most efficient thing to do,” says UNH’s Kirkpatrick. “It might be better to spend it on Big Brother/Big Sister-type programs and other kinds of services for kids. The trouble is, we generally implement public policy based on sentiment, not logic or statistics, and thanks to the 24-hour news cycle and its really quite dramatic reports on crimes, the average Joe or Jane thinks that things have gone nuts.”
Dave Lindorff is an award-winning investigative reporter and author of the blog, This Can't Be Happening. A regular columnist for CounterPunch, he also writes frequently for Extra! and Salon, as well as for Businessweek, The Nation and Treasury & Risk Magazine.
Posted by marble falls | Sat Oct 4, 2014, 09:03 AM (18 replies)
It starts at 2:15
Florida police officer has place been on paid administrative leave after cell phone video showed him using a Taser to stun a 62-year-old African-American woman in the back as she was walking away.
Viola Young, 62, approaches Officer Mahan to ask about one of the men who was being detained. Mahan advises her to stay back, and tries to grab her arm. After she turns and walks away, the officer pulls out his Taser and fires it into her back.
Young falls face down onto the pavement.
She was taken into custody on charges of resisting an officer without violence. Young was released on Wednesday.
Posted by marble falls | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 02:05 PM (14 replies)
Runaway Plaintiff: One of Kansas GOP’s last hopes for holding Senate seat goes AWOL
30 Sep 2014
A lawyer who is suing the Kansas Democratic Party had an extremely awkward moment on Monday when he showed up before the Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka missing something crucial to his case: his client.
Haney sued the Democratic Party on behalf of Kansan David Orel, who claimed that Democrats disenfranchised him and other Democratic voters in the state when Taylor dropped out of the race. However, Orel’s claims have been undermined by the fact that he is the father of one of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s senior staffers.
In court, the Democratic Party’s attorneys hoped to question Orel about his true allegiances, but Orel declined to attend Monday’s hearing rather than face close questioning. Attorney Randall Rathbun said that the case should be dismissed out of hand.
Haney has spent much of that past few months in Kansas courts attempting to use the law to sabotage Orman’s chances against Roberts. State Democrats are largely falling in line behind the independent candidate in hopes that he will vote with Democrats in the Senate more often than Republicans.
Video at: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/runaway-plaintiff-one-of-kansas-gops-last-hopes-for-holding-senate-seat-goes-awol/
Posted by marble falls | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 08:45 AM (0 replies)
Per youtube, this was filmed in Durham, NC.
Posted by marble falls | Fri Sep 26, 2014, 09:25 AM (13 replies)
By Tiffany Willis on September 25, 2014
Pieper was about to do a report on the need for school crossing guards when he said the words that will doubtless have a huge impact on his career.
“And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f—— jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else. Kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives. And bye Felicia. I actually added the part about government assistance but it’s true. I mean, how old are these kids?” Pieper said.
The ridiculous Amy Yensi laughed and said, “I think I qualify for government assistance.”
“Just check that box, girl,” Pieper said.
Yensi popped off with “EBT,” an acronym for Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.
The station issued a lame apology.
“As a result of a technical error during a program break this morning, a personal conversation between an anchor and a reporter was unintentionally placed on air,” the note read. “News 12 the Bronx deeply regrets that this incident took place. The remarks of these individuals in no way reflect the views of News 12 management or other News 12 personnel.”
Posted by marble falls | Fri Sep 26, 2014, 08:12 AM (34 replies)
OK trooper tells local news: Best way not to get raped by cops is to ‘follow the law’
23 Sep 2014
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol official reportedly told women that the best way not to get raped by an officer was to “follow the law.”
In recent months, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer and an Oklahoma City Police officer have been accused of repeatedly raping women, often during traffic stops.
After a Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy was arrested last week for sexually assaulting a woman while responding to a 911 call, Tulsa NBC News affiliate KJRH decided to ask the Oklahoma Highway Patrol how to stay safe during a traffic stop.
The department noted that troopers should always be in uniform, and that women were allowed to keep their car door locked, and to speak with officers through a cracked window. A trooper should rarely ask a person to come back to the patrol car, OHP advised.
“There are certain situations where we do that,” Capt. George Brown told KJRH. “If someone doesn’t have a driver’s license on their person. We asked for an ID or driver’s licence, if they can’t provide it, rather than stand outside the car writing , which puts us in a bad location, we may ask a female back to the car so we can get her information.”
The KJRH anchor said that Brown concluded with this advice: “The captain says anything that happens inside a troopers car is videotaped, and he says that supervisors do review those tapes.”
“He says the best tip that he can give is to follow the law in the first place so you don’t get pulled over,” the anchor added.
Brown told KWTV that OHP was working to regain the public’s trust.
“There are entirely more good officers than there are the few bad apples that exist out there, and we want people to know that,” he explained. “We have a lot of good troopers, a lot of good officers out there doing a lot of good things daily, and we want to continue that and have the public continue their trust in us.”
Posted by marble falls | Tue Sep 23, 2014, 01:50 PM (48 replies)
Posted by marble falls | Sun Sep 21, 2014, 01:07 PM (29 replies)
Seriously? It may not be racist but it is certainly insensitive. Its time to disarm the police. And put some of them in jail.
Posted by marble falls | Fri Aug 15, 2014, 01:19 AM (12 replies)
where he President (referred to as "Obama") admitted he was Kenyan and that reporters from Fox, CNN and the NYT were harassed into giving up recordings and notes about this surprising admission. They told me that it was on the National Report web site that when they went back to it the site was jammed and that when she tried the NYT site she couldn't get on, either.
I went home and searched National Report.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the Colombian singles chart, see National-Report.
National Report (nationalreport.net) is a satirical website. It is published by Allen Montgomery.
Among headline-generating spoofs are:
a report that Arizona's governor Jan Brewer intended to introduce mandatory gay-to-straight conversion courses into the state's public school system
a report that fooled researchers at Fox News Channel, in which the President was purported to have announced his intention to spend his own money to keep a Muslim museum open during a government shutdown.
a report that that a man in Hanna, Wyoming was the first recipient of a RFID chip which, the report claimed, was part of an Obamacare pilot program.
a report published on November 2, 2013 claiming a fictitious Assam Rape Festival created a furor in Indian national and local media. Several newspapers and blogs reported the same.
a report that an invasion of illegal immigrants forcibly took control of the small town of Sarita, Texas.
a report published July 15th, 20014 claiming that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber would feature on a song on British rock band Radiohead's next album.
a report published July 19th, 2014 claiming a secret service agent was ordered by Obama to spend $4,000 at a Denver, Colorado marijuana dispensary.
The character Paul Horner is used in various stories as a running gag.
Hilarity will ensue when I get to point out they were snooked. Again.
Posted by marble falls | Sat Aug 9, 2014, 12:48 PM (32 replies)
Fox News Host Rips Michele Bachmann Apart For Being A ‘Silly’ Hypocrite (VIDEO)
Author: Ryan Denson June 25, 2014 8:38 pm
Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Now that we are fully aware Speaker Boehner and House Republicans are suing President Obama over his use of executive orders, we can commence the explosion that will occur in the GOPs face. And today it started on Fox News when anchor Neil Cavuto lambasted the representative from Minnesota on her wasted efforts to bring forth the lawsuit and argued that it would not go anywhere, that it was a waste of time, and it was a waste of resources while we have bigger and better fish to fry in the country. Bachmann wasn’t having it.
Cavuto made clear from the beginning that he thought of this lawsuit as nothing but “an enormous waste of effort” and “a political football.” He then made note that President George Bush used his authoritative action the same way President Obama has.
When Cavuto grilled Bachmann on why she and other House Republicans didn’t take up a lawsuit before and waited until now to do it, Bachmann responded just as you would expect her too: rolling her eyes and saying “Criminy” (no, really) and then blamed Speaker John Boehner for not doing it earlier. Cavuto’s response:
“Where was your rage when Democrats were going after President Bush on the same use of executive orders, because I think you knew then that that was a waste of time then and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now.”
Then Bachmann made the mistake of saying we should “defund the executive branch” saying “cut it! Make it hurt! Because if they don’t have money, they won’t have power!” moments after stressing the importance of an equal three branch system. That’s when Cavuto really let her have his rage:
“Think about what you’re saying,” he shouted at the bewildered Congresswoman. “Defund the executive branch? Congresswoman! If Democrats had said to you, ‘we’re going to defund President Bush,’ you would have laughed at them and so you should have been.”
Then the host exploded when Bachmann tried to avert attention from executive authority to the phony IRS scandal. When that happened, Cavuto put his foot down, shouting “No! Now you’re just conflating issues and being silly!”
It’s actually hard to contain your laughter when Bachmann says “the American people are absolutely outraged.” Take note, Congresswoman: an extremist fraction of the Republican Party is not “the American People.” And being outraged over something they clearly don’t understand doesn’t constitute a real “outrage.”
Posted by marble falls | Fri Jun 27, 2014, 09:36 AM (15 replies)