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I'd be interested to see how that breaks down between unarmed people shot by police and people who were presenting an immediate threat by firing at police or resisting arrest with gunfire.

And I'd be interested as to whether that number has gone up over the last 50 years. Cos I still believe that black people were slaughtered by police in great numbers long before anybody bothered to start filming them.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 6th, 2017 at 04:28:51 PM EST
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iirc, Guardian's figure was controversial, when first published. WaPoo and LA Times attempted counterfactual estimations. As with Lancet v. Iraqbodycount.com, controversy revolved on data collection methodology (public notice by press story), rather than the arch discovery, some 18,000 US police departments do not keep count.

As for police brutality, or license to murder, toward enemy of the state de jure, I agree with you. It is a constant. What does change though is conception of "the state" -- running the gamut of normative and political behaviors with which ppl identify virtue, "the good life" (Aristotle). A wise UID once remarked,"You don't change an economy simply by changing institutions; attitudes must change first and once that happens institutions will follow."

Today, for the moment, a majority of US americans appear aware that neurotic sensibility just isn't "cool" anymore. Which is not to say, the institutions are in ruins or that attitudes marry conviction.

There is plenty of documentary evidence, for example, of state sanctioned (extra-judicial) "lynching". I've found in the innerboobs images of KKK picnics beneath bodies, images of Fitter Family Contests, newsreel of Truman's promo air-lifts of Puerto Ricans out of poverty, and on and on. I posted such links at calculatedrisk with the subject line "Happy Black History Month" on arbitrarily selected dates of the year. That irritated quite a few.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 9th, 2017 at 02:51:47 PM EST
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