From the Department of Totally Useless Information:
In an alley in Denver, police gunned down a 17-year-old girl joyriding in a stolen car. In the backwoods of North Carolina, police opened fire on a gun-wielding moonshiner. And in a high-rise apartment in Birmingham, Ala., police shot an elderly man after his son asked them to make sure he was okay. Douglas Harris, 77, answered the door with a gun.
The three are among at least 385 people shot and killed by police nationwide during the first five months of this year, more than two a day, according to a Washington Post analysis. That is more than twice the rate of fatal police shootings tallied by the federal government over the past decade, a count that officials concede is incomplete.
“These shootings are grossly underreported,” said Jim Bueermann, a former police chief and president of the Washington-based Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving law enforcement. “We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this information.”
Wow, 400 people? Is that a lot?
To put it into context, how many cops were shot? How many non-police shootings were there? How many people died in car accidents? How many people drowned?
The article gives a bunch of statistics mixed in with some brief anecdotal incidents like the three up above. The only worthwhile thing in the whole article is the idea that we need to accurately track information on police shootings.
But is that even possible? How do you accurately categorize the Michael Brown shooting when there is no agreement on what actually happened?
But the article does serve a purpose – to further the narrative about killer cops and to gain support for the nationalization of our police forces.
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