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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

More than 400 fatal police killings a year are sanctioned by local, state and federal authorities as justified homicides, but the FBI doesn't specifically track how many times officers are prosecuted for improperly causing a person's death. The FBI said Tuesday that it doesn't keep statistics on specific prosecutions of law enforcement officers because it doesn't track crimes by profession, though it does track justified homicide rulings.


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Let's make that four hundred and one.

#1 | Posted by mysterytoy at 2014-08-19 11:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm surprised the number is that low.
I'm not the only one.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-19 11:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Only one riot though and you can thank liberal media for that one.

#3 | Posted by mysterytoy at 2014-08-19 11:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Crazy. We're all just rabid dogs ready to be put down.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-08-20 12:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

Speak for yourself, Fido.

#5 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-08-20 08:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Only one riot though and you can thank liberal media for that one."

This comment reminded me of long ago, (2007/8) when the regular --------- were claiming that the only thing wrong with the economy was the "liberal media" and the "Bush haters" reporting on the impending disaster to come.

Of course we all know how that ended.

#6 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-20 12:34 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I wonder how many gun-nut, vigilante "wannabe" cops like Zimmerman were allowed to walk free.

Stand your ground, allows idiots to be the judge, jury and executioner.
And is ISIS approved

#7 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-20 09:54 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

As I posted on the Iceland police shooting thread, cops in Britain shot 5 people last year. Of course, that's a gun control nation. Iceland, with 1 total police shooting since independence in 1944, is 15th in the world for gun ownership (who knew?).

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-08-20 11:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

And how many were indicted for unjustifiable homicide?

It has obviously become a license by employees to kill their employers.

#9 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-20 11:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

Wait in all of America cops only kill 4,00 people a year total?

I always figured it would be 4,000+ per year.

PS other countries have different populations, different borders, and different laws.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-21 01:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

400 people, assaulting or trying to kill cops, are killed each year and those cops are not held liable. Here is the other piece of the story that is being overlooked: "A total of 1,539 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 57 hours or 154 per year. There were 120 law enforcement officers killed in 2012." Now, these 2 pieces of information show that cops lead a very dangerous life. Yes, on rare occasions, a rogue cops shoots a person without authority to do so. However, the vast majority of cops are trying to do their jobs in accordance with established laws and procedures. The killing of Mr. Brown in Ferguson, Mo. is being used to discredit the entire law enforcement community by saying it was murder or a racial killing. As the layers of the onion are peeled off, more on Mr. Brown comes out. Yesterday, Fox News & the NY Times reported that prior to the shooting,the cop, Mr. Wilson, was severely beaten by Mr. Brown fracturing his eye orbit. In looking at these two pieces of information in their entirety, it seems many Americans have a severe deficit in public behavior and compliance with lawful orders from police. Defiance and in-your-face antics towards the police have become fashionable and can be fatal to both.

#11 | Posted by Verneoz at 2014-08-21 07:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

What would you expect if almost every day some crazy, methed-up dude rolled up on you with a gun/big knife/axe and expressed a high degree of anger about society/aliens/colored folks/you?

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-21 08:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

#11 | Posted by Verneoz at 2014-08-21 07:55 AM | Reply

No one will deny that being a police officer can be dangerous, however your statistic is meaningless in regards to the subject of justified homicide by police.
Statistics for the last 10 years show of the 1501 officer deaths between 2004 - 2013, 186 deaths were attributed to "job related illness".
Alcohol or drug related deaths within the 1501 number 272.

The nature of police work is such that at any time a fatal threat of any nature may occur at anytime, but eminent danger is not lurking around every corner.

Given the roughly 850,000 sworn peace officers and the number of police citizen encounters the percentage of good guy/bad guy encounters is very small.
Police do not even make the top 10 in terms of dangerous jobs, to use perceived danger to be the justification or an excuse for abusive and illegal behavior is not factually supported and strangely enough essentially the same point conservatives make against criminals, background shouldn't matter only actions.

The example of Ferguson and St. Louis County police officers pointing weapons at demonstrators and with snipers scoping the crowds in full battle rattle is practically a PSA for more stringent psychological testing of police candidates.

Suspending one officer for pointing a weapon at the demonstrators after a weeks worth of video showing the majority of the officers on scene doing exactly the same thing is simply scapegoating.

One does not calm a crowd, mob, or individual by being aggressive and threatening.



#13 | Posted by kingcuke at 2014-08-21 09:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

The real nature of police work is not like TV. Answer calls, separate drunks fighting, make reports, crowd control, and occasionally bust the bad guy. Criminals are easy to arrest, because the vast majority of criminals are really stupid. Drive around with stolen property in the back of an open pickup truck, Go back into a store that you robbed a couple of months before, cook up some crank in town where anyone with a noise can smell that stench. Yes, police are confronted with criminal masterminds every day.
If you want to know what gets a cop's pucker factor up, crank and gangs. They are always violent and always heavily armed. High speed pursuits piss off cops. Don't do it, it is a good way to get shot.
Oh yes did you read the things they are finding out about the "star" witness in the death of that stupid bow hunk wannabe banger? Looks like the witness had a few warrants out on him, one of which was making a false police report.

#14 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-08-21 07:44 PM | Reply | Flag:


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