After the death of George Floyd in May of this year, 2020 marked a historical movement in the fight for police accountability and equal justice under the law. Despite facing a global pandemic, millions of Americans left their homes and took to the streets to have their voices be heard. The momentum toward radical change was inspiring.
However, the winds quickly fell from the sails of that change as mainstream media and establishment partisans essentially coopted the movement. Instead of talking about actual solutions like ending the drug war or ending qualified immunity, the establishment pushed the vaguely uninspiring movement to defund the police and continued to push divide based on race.
Even Black Lives Matter is now admitting that despite raising billions of dollars over the course of 2020, the establishment is leaving them in the wake. Despite Joe Biden and Kamala Harris paying lip service to police brutality and riding the waves of the Black Lives Matter movement, the president-elect and his vice president now refuse to even meet with the group. This is also in spite of the fact that BLM formed a PAC, which helped fund its ad campaigns to mobilize Black voters to go out and vote for Biden.
What so many police accountability activists are learning now is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. As fissures in their leadership begins to crack apart Black Lives Matter inside its upper echelons, talk about police reform is waning, fast.
Getting bad orange man out of the White House has effectively placated the masses and the huge movements and protests we witnessed prior to November 3, have fizzled out.
Despite horrifying police killings, many of which were captured on video and rocked the nation, the arrest rate for cops who kill people on-duty remains as low as ever. According to reports, since 2005, just 126 police officers have been arrested for murder or manslaughter in relation to an on-duty killing.
Of those 126, just 44 have been convicted, with 31 of their cases still pending, and just seven cops total have been convicted of murder. The other 37 cops were convicted on charges ranging from manslaughter to official misconduct, with many of them receiving no jail time.
Police kill an average of 1,000 Americans a year and in 15 years, just 44 cops have been convicted. That is less than 3 tenths of 1 percent. If we look at the conviction rate for murder it dwindles down to less than a 1 in a 1,000 chance. Surely, out of 15,000 killings, more than 37 of them should have resulted in a conviction and more than 7 for a murder conviction, right?
Sadly, the numbers don’t lie and even though many of the killings are, without a doubt, acts of murder, police simply escape accountability. As a result, in the land of the free, cops kill more civilians than any other country on the planet.
Why is that? Do we have a higher crime rate?
The short answer is no. If we look at our neighbors across the pond in the United Kingdom, their total crimes per 1,000 citizens is 109.96. This is a whopping three times more than the United States whose total crimes per 1,000 is only 41.29.
However, police in England only killed a total of 3 people in 2019. Cops in America have killed 300 times more than them in the same time frame. If this doesn’t say, ‘hey we have a problem,’ what does?
American cops kill more people per day than England cops do every year, and they show no signs of slowing down.
But America has a much larger population than England and therefore these numbers don’t equate, right? Wrong.
China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded just 2 killings by law enforcement officers in all of 2019.
We know that the Chinese numbers are likely higher as their government is not exactly transparent. However, more people were killed by American police in just the last week than were killed in 2019 in Germany, England, Spain, Switzerland, and Iceland — combined.
If we look at the total for the year, American cops killed more people in 2019 than the above countries have killed in decades.
It is also important to point out — with the exception of a few cases — that US citizens aren’t launching countless attacks on cops. Violence against police has gone down significantly over the last 3 decades.
Nevertheless, because there is a new old man in the White House, the masses will go back to fighting among each other, ignoring real solutions, and failing to implement any significant change. All the while, political distractions over superficial and meaningless ideas will keep them successfully distracted for the world’s deadliest and most prolific police state to continue to march on unhindered.