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Shock Report: More Americans Killed by Police Since 9/11 than Soldiers Killed in War

In a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford praised the 40 million Americans who’ve served in the military since the revolutionary war. He also noted that 5,000 soldiers have been tragically killed in military action beyond US borders since America’s war on terror was launched after 9/11.

Thousands of families grieve daily for their fallen loved ones and the war machine that sent them to an early grave shows no signs of slowing.

These fallen military men and women, we are told, died fighting for our freedom.

The terrorists hate our freedom, George W. Bush famously said after 9/11. And, if this was true, they certainly have little reason to hate us now, as Freedom in America has plummeted since that fateful September day.

For the last 15 years, America has fallen across the board in indices rating the world’s countries by levels of freedom.

Americans are under constant surveillance, our every move under a microscope by government goons, “protecting us” from “terrorists.” We are under the constant threat of violence from the state for possessing a plant, or having a tail light out, or simply walking down the street.

Americans are constantly paranoid of those blue and red lights popping up in the rearview mirror that most always end in extortion and could very well end with a visit to the hospital, being locked in a cage, or worse.

In the Land of the Free, police killed more people in just one month of this year than the United Kingdom has in the entire 20th century.

In the Land of the Free, police kill at more than 70 times the rate of other first world nations.

In the Land of the Free, we are told to “fear the terrorists” but US police kill 58 times more people than all terrorist activity against US civilians since 9-11!

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What’s more, while the death of 5,000 soldiers is most assuredly tragic, that number pales in comparison to the number of US citizens killed by police — many of whom are also soldiers.

Prior to May of 2013, there was no independent recording authority on how many citizens were killed by cops. However, the FBI loosely estimated that number to be around 500 citizens annually.

Simple math would show us that since 9/11, at the FBI’s rate, police killed more than 7,000 people. However, that number is even higher now that places like Killed By Police, Cop Crisis, and the Counted exist and detail every public killing by American police.

Using the most recent numbers from 2013 to the present, and remaining conservative by using the FBI’s ‘loosely’ contrived number of 500 per year before then, the death toll reaches a whopping 8,296.

In the Land of the Free, citizens are killed by public servants at nearly twice the rate of soldiers deployed to war. 

But these people are criminals, right? They deserve to be killed, right? Wrong.

While many of the citizens who’ve been killed by police in the last 15 years may have had it coming, all of them deserved due process. Not too mention, many of those killed simply came across the wrong cop while engaging in non-violent victimless ‘crimes’ like ingesting an illegal plant. What’s more, some of these victims are innocent children like 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis of Louisiana.

There is no doubt that criminals exist and present a danger to others. However, when the number of people killed by their own government vastly surpasses the number of people who died fighting for that government in foreign wars — something needs to be said.

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Some will say that since the US is much larger in population than the UK, that is why American cops kill more. But this is a farce.

To expose this farce, we can compare the US with communist China.

China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded 12 killings by law enforcement officers in 2014.

Law enforcement in the United States killed 92 times more citizens in the same period.

So why are police in the US so much more likely to kill than all of these other first world countries?

We will not pretend that cops in the US kill 70 times more people than other first world countries for one simple reason. However, part of the multifaceted situation which has led to the trigger-happiness of American cops is their training.

This excessive violence has gotten so bad that American police chiefs are being sent to Scottland to learn steps to change this deadly paradigm. A former hostage negotiator with the Boston police department, Chuck Wexler brought a team of cops across the pond in a last stitch effort to curb killer cops and his story was documented by Sky News.

According to Sky News:

As the two sets of police officers met, Mr Wexler described how if confronted by a suspect holding a rock an American officer would pull out his gun.

“You’re going to kill someone for throwing a rock. That’s what you’re gonna do,” said Mr Wexler.

“How would society over here think about you shooting someone with a rock? They would not accept it.”

The senior American officers, from forces such as the NYPD and LAPD, watched demonstrations at Police Scotland training centres.

Sky News cameras joined them as they went out on patrol in Glasgow, and watched as unarmed police dealt with a variety of potentially violent situations.

What the report showed is that cops in Scotland know how to avoid confrontation. Instead of immediately resorting to deadly violence, the Scottish cop will step back, use protective shields, or move behind a car for protection.

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What the report also found is that American police have a knack for verbally escalating situations too.

Sergeant Jim Young trains hundreds of Scottish police recruits every year.

“The American style of policing, it’s very authoritative,” he said.

“There’s a difference of going in, straight up at this level, whereby you’re ordering people, you’re shouting at them. You can’t go anywhere after that.

“But if you start down low you can adjust your communications to suit.”

Basically, what this experience is showing is that American police are aggressive both verbally and physically — and it’s deadly.

The good news is that there are cops out there that know this and they are taking action, like the chiefs going to Scotland, to correct it.

“It’s about time that we step up and this is our chance,” said Mr. Wexler. “It’s a crisis but it’s also our chance to do the right thing.”

Below is this eye-opening video of American cops learning to be less violent. This training cannot happen soon enough as America is already on track to kill another 1,000 citizens in 2016.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

  • Daniel Alexander Lugo R

    lmao.. In the land of the free xD LMAO!!!

  • billdeserthills

    I’m just glad that somebody from the US cared enough to attend, I mean other than the whole free vacation package and the fun?

  • Ibcamn

    cops are criminals,corrupted thug assclowns with a badge….criminals,all cops are criminals..

    • trickman1024

      In Tennessee you have a 50/50 chance of being beaten or worse when stopped by Tennessee police,Elderly Tennesseans are to afraid of Tennessee police to leave their homes just to grocery shop or pay a bill,One elderly Tennessee man said,I am 80 my wife is 78 we are just to old and sick for Tennessee police to beat own anymore we just stay at home and don’t go anywhere and that way they cant stop and hurt us,we told my son who lives in OHIO not to bring the grand-kids in because we don’t want them to have a run-in with Tennessee police we just talk to them over the phone,police had a know comment

      • Ibcamn

        yep,its everywhere too,Florida cops just suck bad…if your a tourist,they get ya leaving after you spend all your vacation cash with tickets,knowing ya won’t come to court just pay the fine……assclowns all of them..

  • gininitaly

    Well that’s a hell of a lot better than sending them to Israel for sure!!!

    Btw how come we have the money to do this and arm the police with military grade weaponry, but the wingnuts get outraged about giving kids breakfast?

    How hard would it be for a presidential decree today on police protocol, that could have altered this criminalization of Americans and the privatization of punishment when the triad of terror; Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Cheney just happened to pull the Patriot Act out of their back pockets not 30 days after 9/11?

    The American government has been bought by the gods of war and Wall St, The People have no redress of grievances, our bill of rights was assassinated and in 15 years we have been shoved into the abyss of police state fascism. So much for the land of the free, home of the brave… poof, gone.

    http://www.scn.org/ccapa/pa-vs-const.html

  • Little_Caesar

    I believe there is a contemplated, organized, planned effort afoot that explains much of these extrajudicial killings in the uS. I believe it is part eugenics, part money ( less money spent by governments in court convictions), and part fascism ( fear and yield ). Those are not all of the parts certainly, but a part of the parts known. I welcome other explanations that will suffice.

    • Mountain Rock Hauler

      How about the cops want to kill people. They go into a situation with the attitude of control or kill. They leave no doubt about it in their attitude or manner when they show up. It is not to help, or to protect and serve, but to intimidate or torture people into compliance or kill them. That is their training and their attitude, that is their modus operandi, that is what they tell themselves when they put on their badges in the morning “If I get a call, I will exert control over the situation or I will hurt or kill those who will not let me control them. Because at the end of the day, ‘they’ are not important only I am.” And that is what is wrong with american cops. I have seen videos of police from different countries and read the stories. Their police show up in a situation, sometimes with an armed individual, and their attitude and their mannerisms are to diffuse and end the situation not control it. You can look up on youtube where cops in Britain go after guys armed with knives and he chases them trying to cut or stab them. They look almost like wolves hunting with one being a decoy while the others close in from behind to arrest him if he turns around then then the ones following back off while the “decoy” comes up behind. In america the men would have been killed in the name of “officer safety” because he is not in a state of mind where he is willing to be controlled.

  • We keep track of Cops killing Americans here: http://CopCrisis.com

  • marianne

    “Some will say that since the US is much larger in population than the UK, that is why American cops kill more” – so, present the statistics as killings per 100,000 citizens or something? That’s a real easy argument to dismiss with really basic statistics. Also, I’m still not sure where the actual shock is here.

  • Excalibur

    Just throwing a thought out there, besides what has already been said in this article….we have so many laws to “regulate” our lives it is unbelieveable, on account of …wait for it…no common sense and safety for all. Where did this begin? Since when did we start to, or have to, rule out common sense and have laws to remind everyone what to do and keep everyone safe from harm? Need a light for this, a rail for that, register this, get a permit for that, don’t drink this, don’t eat that, can’t do this, but you can do that, have to have this but ok if you have that, can’t go here but you can go there….and on and on and on.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I am not calling for anarchy, or saying we don’t need laws because we do, all for some people and some for all people. We are trying to protect everyone from getting hurt…which is good, however, following this road can lead to more and more pronounced things we are experiencing at this very moment. Lack of responsibility, lack of accountability and dumbing down the people more and more from
    thinking for themselves.
    Life itself is a risk, it always has been…there is no way we can regulate that and make it safe for everyone.
    Putting these three song lyrics together…not being looney liberal left or strict black and white conservative right …..it gives one something to think about taken in context…
    In the year 2525,if man is still alive, there will be a sign, sign, everywhere a sign, and the sign said the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls….and tenement halls.
    Just a side note of a variation on Shakespeare….to control, or not to control…that…is the question.
    Just some random thoughts about it all….

    • Poyzinsting

      Laws were made for you to follow. The wealthy can break the law and buy their way out of the consequences or with enough money just cover it up, so if they don’t have to obey the law why should anyone. They can’t arrest us all.

      • Excalibur

        That is one other take on it….however, not just for “you” to follow, for everyone to follow….but it just doesn’t work that way, as you stated. They are made by someone else to tell us how to live, how to conduct ourselves, and to conform to what someone else believes…not to our own selves or what we believe. The poor are definitely at a disadvantage, for cost….the answer now to everything considered a violation, no matter how small…is immediate jail by revenue collectors.

  • freewheelinfranklin543

    They need to quit training them in Israel.The Scots(I’m half Scottish) have got their $h!t together.

  • Ed

    Evidently the “war” is on the wrong terrorists.

    The whole good cop/bad cop question can be disposed of much more decisively. We need not enumerate what proportion of cops appears to be good or listen to someone’s anecdote about his Uncle Charlie, an allegedly good cop. We need only consider the following: (1) a cop’s job is to enforce the laws, all of them; (2) many of the laws are manifestly unjust, and some are even cruel and wicked; (3) therefore every cop has agreed to act as an enforcer for laws that are manifestly unjust or even cruel and wicked. There are no good cops. ~Robert Higgs

  • wsmith35226

    Sorry, as long as the cops are defending us all by killing feral blacks, it’s ok with me. More power to them!

    • Poyzinsting

      Sorry but that attitude is part of the problem. You sound like a racist and black’s aren’t the only ones being killed and not all the victims were guilty. Here’s to you and hoping you don’t find yourself in a situation where you become a victim and and are considered a “feral white” by people who know nothing about you except what the “official” story claims is the reason for your demise. Don’t think it can’t happen to you.

    • OvidiuGOA

      Please fucking die

  • buddysdad

    What is the crime rate in Scotland compared to the US?

  • Badcopwatch

    If you watch the news media and listen to politicians, cops and their unions, there’s a “war on cops.”

    Here’s the reality…

    Statistically, it’s more dangerous to be a civilian encountering a police officer than a police officer encountering a civilian.

    Not only that, it’s never been safer to be a police officer.

    So why all the bullshit reporting?

    #1. It justifies high salaries and pensions for cops

    #2. It justifies insanely high police budgets (in many cities and towns, the police budget is the top expenditure)

    #3. It justifies police violence

    Item #3 is particularly concerning, especially if you know a little history.

    Chile: It had been known as the Switzerland of South America.

    Then
    in 1973 the police and military turned savagely against its non-violent
    citizens in the service of a military coup. Thousands of people who had
    opinions the government didn’t like were seized, tortured and murdered.

    Why did the the police and military and this most democratic of countries do this?

    Because
    in the lead up to the coup the right wing news media in the country –
    under the careful direction of the CIA – flooded the news with stories
    about how police and troops were under threat from citizens.

    • trickman1024

      A cop in TENNESSEE said in public ,I can do any damn thing I want to do to you or anyone I can put your ass in the hospital or graveyard and all your family or anybody can do is CALL US THE POLICE and laughed,His chief said he had a right to free speech just like a citizen does,What he said is a scary thing and he is right ,when police abuse or kill they investigate themselves we are really at the mercy of our own police and that is SCARY,

  • Poyzinsting

    Unless they plan on sending every cop in America this means little. At least some are trying to make a difference but they are outnumbered. A few good apples won’t un-spoil the rotted bunch.

  • Poyzinsting

    What bugs me out is cops have been doing this for decades and no one cared as long as it wasn’t a “white” problem sorta like crack cocaine, there was no war on drugs until whites started getting hooked at record rates then it became a problem. That’s how they are able to get away with it, they make you see it as an exclusively black problem because they know most whites are inherently racist. They need racism to be able to keep doing what they have been doing. In America they kill what they fear.

  • Sabbie

    Civilians shot and killed in Chicago since 2001: 7,916. More than killed by cops in the entire USA, more than died in Iraq and Afghanistan. This doesn’t include other similar cities like Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore,etc.

  • The number of victims of police gunfire is substantially higher than 5000 since 9/11/01 as just since January 1st, 2015 there have been nearly 2000 victims of fatal police action according to this Guardian database, which also shows that approximately 37% of the victims were either unarmed, no immediate threat to the police or to anyone else, or were shot in the back while trying to run away.

    We also must be aware that US police have been caught using throwdown weapons in dozens of cases over the past 40 years, which likely indicates that the incidence of such unprosecuted malfeasance is substantially higher too.

    Here is the Guardian database that I mentioned above:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database