A New citizen-run data base tracks the actual number of deaths at the hands of police officers.
While it is hard to get an accurate reading on how many people the police actually kill, there is a citizen run database website called KilledByPolice.net. According to to reports submitted by the police to the FBI statistics there were 461 people killed by cops. While, its a huge number it doesn’t tell the whole story. These numbers are given voluntarily to the FBI by participating police departments. Eric Garner, who was choked to death on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes this year, for example wouldn’t count, because New York does not participate in the program.
The Police Have Killed More People in the Last 3 Years Than The 9/11 Terrorists
Despite the fact that the police have killed more people than 9/11 terrorists in the last 3 years, the outrage and disappointment doesn’t seem proportionate. One reason is that police are sometimes within their right to use deadly force. A counter argument could be to compare us to the United Kingdom. The UK is a country similar to the United States. They only had 4 deaths at the hands of police officers in the last 3 years. That’s 4 in the UK compared to over 3,000 in the United States.
There were over 748 reported police killings in just 8 recorded months in 2013. Using averages, cops kill two times as many people as they report to the FBI. Paperwork, amirite?
The site found 1108 people killed by police officers in 2014. This year has found police to be more violent. The number dead at the hand of the police is already at 1127 and they are just finishing up their Christmas killings.
Black Men Are 350% More Likely to Be Killed
Studies found that black men are 3.5 times more likely than white men to be killed by police officers.
1/4 of the People Killed Are Mentally Ill
Lavall Hall is one example. His mother called the police for help with her schizophrenic son earlier in the week. They helped escort him to a mental hospital.
When they returned the 2nd time that day they found him in his underwear swinging a broomstick. They shot him 5 times. He died early that morning in the snow.
Just a few days ago an internet famous 24-year-old transgender man was shot and killed on a suicide call. The Arizona man was known for uploading a video of his mental breakdown in which his service dog acts quickly and compassionately to calm him down. These Asperger’s induced breakdowns were not uncommon. The difference was this time, the police were called. Kayden Clarke in panic brandished a knife. Instead of a de-escalating, dealing with the issue from outside, or using a non-lethal weapon, they shot Kayden to death in his own home. He died from a suicide call meant to protect him.
Kayden recorded this video just before Christmas.
Surpassing 9/11 in the 3 Years
Since the site started in May of 2013 over 3,000 people have been killed by police officers. Less than 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks including all the victims in the planes and buildings. The result from the 9/11 attacks was a war on terror that has perpetuated and evolved and still exists today.
Despite the fact that there are countries like Iceland where only one person has ever been killed by police gunfire, I understand that police get scared a people die. However, with one person being killed in 71 years in Iceland and 3 people in the US getting shot a day, you have to wonder if there is a better way.
Some would argue the problem with attacks from police officers is that they are immune to the law. “What kind of police do you call on the police” claimed one of 14 women who were reportedly raped by Oklahoma city officer Daniel Holtzclaw. They go largely unnoticed because we are trained to view them as beams of integrity. This isn’t necessarily the case.