6 thoughts on “Cartoon: police shooting skills

  1. Pedant says:

    Out of a total of 708 persons shot and killed by police in the US so far in 2016, 325 are identified as white (46%) and 173 as black (24%), with 111 identified as Hispanic (16%), 27 as ‘other’ (4%) and 72 as ‘unknown’ (10%). See interactive police shootings database for 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2016/
    White Americans are the racial majority in the US. African Americans are the largest racial minority, amounting to 13.2% of the population. Hispanic and Latino Americans amount to 17% of the population, making up the largest ethnic minority. The White, non-Hispanic or Latino population make up 62.6% of the nation’s total, with the total White population (including White Hispanics and Latinos) being 77%. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_ethnicity_in_the_United_States

    • Copper says:

      (Oct 13, 2016) “Justice Department Outlines Plan to Enable Nationwide Collection of Use of Force Data” https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-outlines-plan-enable-nationwide-collection-use-force-data
      “The Justice Department is moving forward with plans to collect data on how often law enforcement officers use force and how often civilians die during encounters with police or while in police custody, federal officials said Thursday.
      FBI and Justice Department leaders say better information on police use of force is essential to build community trust and promote transparency. Demands for more complete data surfaced in particular in the last two years amid a series of high-profile deaths of black men at the hands of police officers, with the federal government unable to say reliably how often fatal encounters occurred across the country.
      “Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a written statement. In an appearance at Georgetown University later in the day, she said having additional information will help the department identify trends and “prescribe the problem.”
      FBI Director James Comey said at a House committee hearing last month that in the absence of data, “we’re driven entirely by anecdote, and that’s a very bad place to be.” http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/justice-dept-to-collect-use-of-force-and-civilian-death-data-from-nations-police-161014?news=859610

  2. Double tap says:

    “Militarizing the Minds of Police Officers” (New Yorker 6/29/17) http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/militarizing-the-minds-of-police-officers
    “Police nationwide shot and killed 492 people in the first six months of this year, a number nearly identical to the count for the same period in each of the prior two years.” (Washington Post 7/1/17) https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/number-of-fatal-shootings-by-police-is-nearly-identical-to-last-year/2017/07/01/98726cc6-5b5f-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html
    “Field of Vision – Conditioned Response” (6/29/17) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=773T86dY7wU
    Dave Grossman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Grossman_(author)

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