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    Post your police brutality source links here. One link per post, please.

    It seems every time we turn on the news lately there’s a new story involving the police killing a civilian. Those that seem to headline the most involve white officers and black victims. Each story is different and must be weighed on its own merits. In at least a few instances, the victim was assumed to be completely innocent by the media, but was later discovered to have been a physical threat the officer. In other cases, officers were completely unjustified in the use of force, much less deadly force.

    This subject has the potential to divide the United States down racial lines. That’s why it’s critical to understand the statistics behind the claims. More importantly, we must have correct information on each individual case making the news.

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    Bureau of Justice Statistics Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 2009 – Statistics Tables
    http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fdluc09.pdf

    A good reference for breaking down age, sex and race of criminals and the types of crimes they commit.

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    2015 Database of police killings
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings

    Break down of sex, race, and age of police shooting victims.

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    5 Statistics You Need To Know About Cops Killing Blacks
    by Aaron Bandler
    http://www.dailywire.com/news/7264/5-statistics-you-need-know-about-cops-killing-aaron-bandler

    This is a good summary of statistics on the subject of cop killings. Before you use this link, though, understand that your opponents may recognize the Daily Wire as a conservative source and reject it. That’s why we’ve taken some of the links out of the story and posted them separately.

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    GROSSLY MISLEADING CLAIMS ABOUT BLACK TEENS BEING “VASTLY MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED BY POLICE THAN WHITES EVEN AFTER ADJUSTING FOR CRIME RATES”
    http://crimeresearch.org/2014/10/inflammatory-and-misleading-claims-about-black-teens-being-vastly-more-likely-to-be-killed-by-police-than-whites-even-after-adjusting-for-crime-rates/

    “Pro Publica acknowledges that police-involved death data is not complete. But there is a systematic bias in what data is missing. Generally most of this data is collected from urban areas. Obviously most deaths occur there, but these areas also tend to be heavily black. The percent of the population that is black in areas reporting justifiable police homicides were 50.3 percent more black (17.8/11.8) than those jurisdictions that didn’t report these homicides.

    If black murders are more likely to involve gangs and gangs are more likely to get into shootout with police, young black males would be more than 9 times more likely to commit murders than similarly aged relevant white males.”

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    Although many of the recent police shootings that have sparked riots and Black Lives Matter protests have proven to be justified shootings, there are legitimate instances that come to mind where police have rushed to violence and it has ended with people accidentally being killed also.

    The first instance that comes to mind is Eric Garner. He was illegally selling cigarettes on the street and died after being choked out by police. Do I think these police officers intended to kill Mr Garner? No. They were just the violent enforcers of a cigarette tax law. It’s a sad situation, but Eric Garner was killed because the government wanted to collect their share of that tax money.

    Police can, and will, use deadly force to make sure that you follow the law, no matter how bad the law is. Legislators should consider this every single time they create a new law – Is it worth someone dying over to draft another law? Because that is what will eventually happen.

    Another sad case was Sandra Bland. This woman was drug out of her car because she didn’t want to put her cigarette out after being stopped for not using a turn signal. She was arrested and later killed herself in jail. She was suffering from suicidal tendencies and depression, and I don’t think the officer “intended” to kill her either – he was just using force to violate her 4th amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. Was not using a turn signal and refusing to put out a cigarette in her own car cause for police violence? I don’t think so. I think this would have been completely avoided if the office had more patience and respected her rights.

    Unfortunately many police are faced with so many violent threats these days that I’m sure it is very difficult to approach every contact with the public in a constitutional manner to ensure that the citizens rights are respected.

    I think a step in the right direction would be eliminating the “war on drugs” and as many “victimless” laws as possible. Why put the citizens or the police in harms way for crimes that have no victim and are only there to provide a source of revenue to the government?

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