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.
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.
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.