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Response to questionseverything (Reply #20)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:31 AM

39. Your timeline is a bit off.

There's this idea that this is new. It isn't. What's new is that a lot of people suddenly know about it. "New to us" doesn't mean "new." It's not like "discover," where an organization can claim to discover things known to others and the word still has a reasonable interpretation. "I've discovered this restaurant, it's always been at the corner of 2nd and Broadway" is reasonable and doesn't sound strange; "There's this new restaurant, it's always been at the corner of 2nd and Broadway" is not, it's a self-denying statement.


Claimed to be from UCR reports. Remember, there are holes in the data, and the further back you go the greater the holes. There's been a slight upward trend in the last 15 years, but it's not a huge one.


I'm going to make the assumption that while these are ruled justifiable homicides the number of unjustifiable ones is strongly correlated to that.

For comparison--we like comparisons--here's a particularly brutal chart. Brazil, population currently 2/3 of the US'. Yes, it's growing faster, but this is a relatively small slice of time so that can be ignored:


Note also, though, that Brazil has a large number of police killings--far more than the US, even though the population at present is still 2/3 that of the US.

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