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Cops Have Killed Over 5,000 Americans Since 9/11

Though Americans commonly believe law enforcement’s role in society is to protect them and ensure peace and stability within the community, the sad reality is that police departments are often more focused on enforcing laws, making arrests and issuing citations. As a result of this as well as an increase in militarized policing techniques, Americans are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, estimates a Washington’s Blog report based on official statistical data.

Though the U.S. government does not have a database collecting information about the total number of police involved shootings each year, it’s estimated that between 500 and 1,000 Americans are killed by police officers each year. Since 9/11, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by U.S. police officers, which is almost equivalent to the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

The role of police is to punish Americans, not “protect” them.

Because individual police departments are not required to submit information regarding the use of deadly force by its officers, some bloggers have taken it upon themselves to aggregate that data. Wikipedia also has a list of “justifiable homicides” in the U.S., which was created by documenting publicized deaths.

Mike Prysner, one of the local directors of the Los Angeles chapter for ANSWER — an advocacy group that asks the public to Act Now to Stop War and End Racism — told Mint Press News earlier this year that the “epidemic” of police harassment and violence is a nationwide issue.

He said groups like ANSWER are trying to hold officers accountable for abuse of power. “[Police brutality] has been an issue for a very long time,” Prysner said, explaining that in May, 13 people were killed in Southern California by police.

As Mint Press News previously reported, each year there are thousands of claims of police misconduct. According to the CATO Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, in 2010 there were 4,861 unique reports of police misconduct involving 6,613 sworn officers and 6,826 alleged victims.

Most of those allegations of police brutality involved officers who punched or hit victims with batons, but about one-quarter of the reported cases involved firearms or stun guns.

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  • n d

    Fucking idiots , go live in peaceful Somalia . how many tens of thousands have been killed by criminals or would be dead if not for the police. I cant stand you naive simpletons.

    • leonolong

      police arrive MOST OF THE TIME AFTER a crime has been committed you fucktard

    • jdm

      Right, I get your argument n d. It’s perfectly fine that police kill some people and beat others up whether they deserve it or not because things here are still better than in Somalia. And since things are better than in Somalia we shouldn’t even try to improve them. Makes sense, oh, and down with the naive simpletons.

    • TheDuh

      When seconds count, the police are just minutes away!

      • Robey

        next time someone has to call the police, order a pizza after you call the police. I’ll buy the pizza if the cop beats the delivery driver, provided it is not a life threatening situation, pizza included…..

    • Jö Miller

      Someone who thinks that cops don’t have to (and shouldn’t) kill brown people for no reason is “naive”?

    • thunderpunch

      Somalia is poverty stricken the US is not. high poverty levels breed criminal activity. Id be willing to bet if alot of our police were gone tomorrow the US would almost exactly the same.

    • Pissed

      your an idiot. this was about cops killing innocent people. saving people from criminals is THEIR FUCKING JOB. not to kill innocent civilians, but DO THEIR FUCKING JOB. you fucking moron. get your head out of your ass. theyre here to fucking stop criminals or we wouldnt fucking need them. theyre not employed to shoot ppl down. what if they shot your simple minded ass? or your mom ? or your kids?

      • texvet61

        YOU GET EM… IM WITH YOU “PISSED” PUT SOME OF THESE PUSSY COPS IN REAL COMBAT AND WATCH THEM PISS WHEN PEOPLE ARE SHOOTING BACK!

    • Texvet61

      and HERE is a brother in blue. FUCKING UNION SHIT! NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO, it is ALWAYS justified, BY LIES!!! SO “ND” run of to your little shit hole because THIS ISN’T SOMALIA!

      • texvet61

        OH, and to add to it, EXPLAIN the cases where someone called the cops only to have the cops show up to shoot THEM, then justify it when the crime was across the street and a neighbor what just trying to protect another’s property!!

  • GuerillaOntology

    America: Land of the cowardly, home of the serfs.

  • kraigrichard

    Here in Vermont it is our mentally handicapped who are most likely to die at the hands of a policeman wielding his sidearm. Very few criminals have ever been shot in Vermont. Although they carry mac, a taser, and a baton, kill shots are utilized here with alarming frequency.

  • jbanana

    Police respond to crime, investigate crimes already committed, but do not prevent it. They do NOT protect or serve, they generate revenue. The right to a fair trial, and due process end when cops are armed, and cops do not have the right to bear arms, only a well organized militia, and citizens do.

  • Ace

    DEATH TO PIGS

  • Hive Minded

    Wow, 117 shares on FB. Big following, many agree. Good job.

  • JacobLaw

    Cops are trained to act cowardly; the training has brainwashed them to be cowards so they see their actions as being normal, that is why they cover up for each others cowardly actions, because us morons don’t understand their cowardly actions is how they should act, after all they have to go home to mommy and the kids.

  • DAMN

  • Federalist45

    5000 deaths, but perhaps MILLIONS of flagrant abuses short of death, ranging from injuries to simple deliberate deceit and lies to ensure innocent people get a criminal record. For example, driving 81 mph in a 70 mph zone in Virginia will get you a criminal record. Crossing a double yellow to pass a broken down car in stuck in your lane will get you a criminal record. Tossing a cigarette butt onto the street will get you a criminal record. If you are 20 year old soldier home from the war and consume any alcohol, you are a criminal. Yes, these and MANY more acts are CRIMINAL offenses in the “Commonwealth.” Legislatures have passed and governors signed so many laws that each of us commits crimes routinely. Many of us get caught and now have criminal records. This enables the state to steal our money in fines imposed for these “crimes” AND allows them to enter us into their databases so they have a means to use such “crimes” against us in the future. WE ARE ALL CRIMINALS NOW. 5000 have died, but all Americans have been abused and are now under the thumb of the all-powerful State.

  • Ronnie Safreed

    BAD COP ROGUE COP WHAT YOU GOING TO DO? WHAT YOU GOING TO DO WHEN CROOKS IMPERSONATE YOU? “REPEAT” BAD COP IS A MISTAKE! CROOK POLICE IMPERSONATOR IS A FAKE! THEY BOTH ARE ON THE BIG TAKE! YOUR LIFE&PROPERTY ARE AT STAKE! BAD COP, ROGUE COP WHAT YOU GOING TO DO? WHAT YOU GOING TO DO WHEN CROOKS IMPERSONATE YOU! BAD COP&CRIMINAL POLICE IMPERSONATORS ARE NOT ONLY COMING TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU BUT TO YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD&SWAT TEAM YOUR HOUSE FOR NO REASON BUT TO TERRORIZE YOU AND/OR TO ROB/RAPE/HURT OR KILL YOU&YOUR FAMILY ALSO TO SHOOT ALL DOGS IN THE YARD&HOUSE!! REMEMBER ALL PARTIES ARE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT(IF YOU CAN)IN A “KANGAROO COURT OF LAW”! YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS OR FREEDOMS ACCORDING TO BAD/ROGUE COPS&THEY CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT SINCE THEY MAKE ALL LAWS AS THEY GO!