Over the years, it has been difficult to tell exactly how many people have been killed by police. So many cases are swept under the rug and totally ignored because the suspect was “guilty” of some small nonviolent offense, or because they ran from the police.
Luckily, in recent years as the alternative media has begun to expose police killings, independent organizations are beginning to keep a tally of every killing they possibly can. This tallying is done to give the public a more accurate figure, and show them how much of a problem this actually is.
Now that people are actually counting, the numbers continue to climb, and it is a very real possibility that these numbers are also climbing because the police are becoming more violent. Either way, we have a very serious problem on our hands that must be understood and addressed by the general population.
It was documented this week by killedbypolice.net that the month of July has been one of the most deadly in years, in regards to police murders. The website has recorded 121 police killings in the past month alone, and it is likely that there were even a few additional cases to slip through the cracks. Each case that has been recorded by the site is fully sourced, with the name of the victim and links to the news stories about their death.
In a report by Business Insider this week, Chris Weller pointed out that American Cops kill more people in a single day than some countries have in a decade.
In the past, police departments and government organizations like the FBI have been responsible for counting the deaths of those murdered by police. However, these figures were always grossly miscalculated, and accounted for only a fraction of the people who were actually killed.
Another issue to consider is the fact that there is no record of the people who are unjustly assaulted and arrested by police each day, and while their circumstances are not as serious as those who are killed, it is important to point out that police are still able to ruin many lives on a regular basis without actually taking them.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.