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US Cops Killed 230 Times More People than their British Counterparts in 2016

Police in England killed a total of 4 people in all of 2016. Cops in America killed 230 times more than them, coming in with a total of 1,152 lives taken. If this doesn’t say, ‘hey we have a problem,’ what does?

Already, only four days into 2017, American cops have killed two times as many people as England has in the entire year of 2016.

But America has a much larger population and therefore these numbers don’t matter, right? Wrong.

China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded a single killing by law enforcement officers in 2016.

More people were killed by American police in just the last four days than were killed in 2016 in Germany, England, Spain, Switzerland, and Iceland — combined.

Police killings have gotten so bad that in September, a United Nations expert working group released a scathing report that was debated at the U.N. Human Rights Council. The report noted that police killings of black people in the United States are reminiscent of lynchings and the government must step up to protect them.

In the United States, the overall homicide rate is 5 per 100,000 among the citizens. The rate at which police kill is 30 times that amount.

So why are police in America far deadlier than the rest of the world?

As the Free Thought Project has pointed out time and again, the lack of punishment police receive for brutality and killing seemingly encourages this violent and irresponsible behavior.

Police killings go unpunished because initial investigations are usually conducted by the police department where the alleged perpetrator works, because prosecutors have wide discretion over presenting charges, and because the use of force is not subject to international standards, the experts’ group said, according to Reuters.

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Aside from the lack of punishment, the job description of a cop has changed drastically following the onset of the drug war.

The overwhelming majority of police brutality cases stem from the war on drugs. When so many people are tasked with finding and prosecuting those in possession of a substance deemed illegal, the interactions become more frequent and less cordial. If we end that, we get the state out of the private lives of most individuals. This will only serve to lessen the scope of police harassment, in turn lessening the instance of brutality and killings.

We can look at the prohibition of alcohol and the subsequent mafia crime wave that ensued as a result.

Criminal gangs form to protect sales territory and supply lines. They then monopolize the control of the constant demand. Their entire operation is dependent upon police arresting people for drugs. However, the illegality of drug possession and use is what keeps the low-level users and dealers in and out of the court systems.

This revolving door of creating and processing criminals fosters the phenomenon known as Recidivism. Recidivism is a fundamental concept of criminal justice that shows the tendency of those who are processed into the system and the likelihood of future criminal behavior.

The War on Drugs creates criminals every single minute of every single day. The system is setup in such a way that it fans the flames of violent crime by essentially building a factory that turns out violent criminals.

The system knows this too.

When drugs are legalized, gang violence drops — drastically. Not only does it have a huge effect on the localized gangs in America, but the legalization of drugs is crippling to the violent foreign drug cartels too. 

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Until Americans educate themselves on the cause of this violence, uninformed and corrupt lawmakers will continue to focus on controlling the symptoms.

We will see more senseless killings and more innocent lives stripped of opportunity by getting entangled in the system. It is high time we #End the Drug War

The time for peaceful action is now.


    Until prosecutors are held responsible for allowing these police murders and failure to enforce our Civil Liberties, it will only get worse. Over-prosecution and failure to prosecute law enforcement is the number one problem in our system. Also’ their ability to compel jury’s and to extort testimony has completely removed justice from the justice system. It is a system designed to free the guilty and incarcerate the innocent.Of course the prosecutors will not act against law enforcement, in a police state it is they who rule.

  • Asylumsix

    It’s because they are a bunch of pussies, if a dog even barks at them they are allowed to murder it…

    Much of the US law enforcement is becoming the SS of the future…

    • David Hall

      Of the future?. Hell the SS police is already here! Cops are all cowards & pussies, if anyone even looks at them, they shoot them.

      • Asylumsix

        Meh more like soldiers than anything blindly following orders, the SS were more elite.

    • TOPDOG1

      Secret courts, loyalty purges, Where have you been? Are you just waking up? The Authoritarians have been long in power. It is only’in the last few decades’ beginning to get worse. Just read your history books. The sections that documents during and just before past civilizations collapsed. It should illuminate your perspective. It will get much worse.Here in the U.S.

      • Asylumsix

        I’m well aware of the US governments crimes against humanity >.>

        • TOPDOG1

          All Authoritarian and totalitarian regimes ultimately’and mistakenly’ resort to rule by fear. This usually predates their end.

  • David Hall

    If anyone wants to really see what is with the POS thugs in blue. Watch a documentary called ” The Seven Five” Listen from Congress and the cops that lived it, it shows the true cops in America. You will see what is NOT protecting us. Listen to the criminal cop tell how he was trained! The sad part is, it is going in every cop shop in America just like that.

  • Sid Samsara

    i agree that the war on drugs is a major factor in the rise in police violence but it’s not the central and underlying reason the mission of police over time has changed.

    The wellspring from which this and the majority of our ills from police brutality spring isn’t drugs it’s tax. This literally hides in plain sight. As tax has been redirected from promoting the public good to lining corporate coffers cash starved local governments have increasingly turned to law enforcement to act as a revenue collection agency. This is why the war on drugs persists despite public opinion or any real rational reason to continue this policy, it provides a ready source of cash and lot’s of it.

    Ending the war on drugs would be a great thing but should this happen drug laws will be replaced by other laws criminalizing common behaviors to collect the modern equivalent of the “Head Tax”. The way to go may be to decouple monies collected by fines and federal subsidies based on filling prisons from LEO funding and make it mandatory that revenue collected be used to create a general fund for medical and social services. That would eliminate the temptation and practice of “Busting for Bucks” and the violence that surrounds these unreasonable and anti democratic policy’s.

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  • Vincent D’Emidio

    Blue Lives Murder!

  • Robyn Ryan

    Cut off Federal funds to State and local cops. No DHS or DEA dollars. Without the cash rewards for being Federal proxies, police will have to compete with the library for funding.
    Police have become the football team of civil life. Too much attention and money at the expense of everyone else is not healthy.

  • Steve Rusk

    The war on drugs is the ideal cover for a totalitarian agenda, that’s what Nixon intended it for. If the police violence and murders weren’t supported by their superiors these monsters would be caged or put down.

  • Ibcamn

    funny,cops murder more white men than black men….but its still cops murdering people in cold blood

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  • GlenBradley

    Even when they do go to trial there will inevitably be at least one police-worshipper on the jury who wouldn’t convict the guy even if he made Ted Bundy look like a piker.