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Tue Dec 29, 2015, 05:17 AM

Mapping Police Violence: New Study Shows Cops Have Killed At Least 1,152 in 2015

Democracy Now

A year-end report from the Mapping Police Violence research project says police killed at least 1,152 people in the United States in 2015. In 14 cities, every single police victim was African-American. Sam Sinyangwe is a policy analyst and data scientist with Campaign Zero and Mapping Police Violence.

Can you talk about these findings? Because there’s been a lot of demand for there even to be data collected in this country around police killings and the racial breakdown of those killings. How did you do this?

SAM SINYANGWE: So, as you mentioned, the federal government, including the FBI, Bureau of Justice Statistics and the CDC, do not collect comprehensive data on police killings nationwide. Fortunately, crowd-sourced efforts, such as KilledByPolice.net, FatalEncounters.org, have actually been able to collect the type of comprehensive data needed to do this type of analysis. What we did was merge those data sets, fill in the gaps, identify folks by race, whether they were armed or unarmed, and then make sense of all the data—understand which places were sort of hotspots of police violence and what some of the racial disparities in the data could tell us about how police violence impacts different communities.

AMY GOODMAN: So, talk about this number, both the over 1,115 people killed by police in the last year and also this issue of 14 cities, and explain which are these 14 cities, where the only people that police killed were African-American.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/12/28/as_chicago_mourns_2_dead_mapping

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2015, 07:30 AM

1. Obviously, this is alarming.

 

We need independent prosecutorial oversight of police departments.

With that said, I question the methodology of this study. They rightly show Bakersfield, CA with the highest police homicide rate, but somehow show the crime rate as very low. However,

The Atlantic:

"This is due in part to the fact that Bakersfield and other spots in Kern County are extremely high-crime areas, afflicted by gang violence, epidemic poverty, and drug addiction: “The city’s murder rate is 75% higher than the national average and its robbery rate is 79% higher. Bakersfield’s burglary rate is more than twice that of the US average and its rate of motor vehicle theft is more than three times as high. In 2014 an assault or robbery involving a firearm occurred at a rate of just under once a day.”

So, I'm not sure how they factored that part of the study.

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Response to Indydem (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 29, 2015, 12:50 PM

4. there are other weird things.

So a black juvenile was shot and killed in newark nj in early sept. 2015 by police.

The data source for the interviewee, last updated a few days ago, says that city had no blacks killed by police since 2013. That seems unlikely.

You would only see the dead guy's race by looking at the video or pix.

But an important fact was easily falsified. Advocates make crappy researchers.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2015, 07:46 AM

2. Thanks for posting


K&R!

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2015, 09:37 AM

3. That's not an epidemic.

That's terrorism. Keeps the proles in line and the untermenschen down where they "belong."

What do you think this is, a democracy?

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