By Robert Barsocchini
10 March, 2015
The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that, on average, US police piled up the bodies of 928 US citizens per year between 2003-2009 and 2011.
And Tom Hall notes: “A list compiled on the website Killed by Police of every police killing mentioned in the American media includes more than 2,000 deaths since May 2013.”
Killings by police in the US “reached a record high last year [461 was the number thought to be a record before the new study was published], while the number of officers killed in the line of duty fell to its lowest level in decades .” (By comparison, police in the UK, Germany, Japan, and Australia killed under ten people each, and some years kill none.)
As reported by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, policing is not one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in the US, and most police deaths “occurred accidentally rather than feloniously … in routine traffic accidents.”
It is also important to note how police brutality is protested elsewhere: In China, protesters expressing opposition to the recent police killing of an unarmed woman overwhelmed officers and killed four of them, also destroying their cars as they stood by, unable to respond.
The question clearly becomes how to reduce police brutality before an eruption like the one in China occurs here, which, given the extreme militarization of domestic forces in the US and already-existing willingness of US forces to dispatch US citizens as if they were trash, could well result in a Tienanmen type event, which itself could then escalate.
Robert Barsocchini is an internationally published researcher and writer who focuses on global force dynamics and also writes professionally for the film industry. He is a regular contributor to Washington's Blog. Follow the author and his UK-based colleague, Dean Robinson, on Twitter. https://twitter.com/_DirtyTruths