Americans are constantly warned every day that there is a deadly threat from terrorists. From homegrown radical ‘extremists’ to ISIS camps in Mexico, the fear is constantly pumped out to the masses via the mainstream media.
However, there is a much more immediate and deadly threat to Americans across the nation, one that can strike at any time, and one that has killed untold thousands more than lost their lives on September 11th 2001 and every other ‘terrorist’ incident since.
That threat is the police.
You are at the very least, eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.
Cops in the US are responsible for way more deaths on American soil than terrorism since the year 2000. Indeed, in that time, police have killed at least 5,600 people via gunshots, taserings, beatings and other forms of violence. That figure represents more than the total number of US combat deaths in all wars since 2000.
Those are the findings of Fatal Encounters, an impartial nonprofit organisation working to build a national database of police killings in the US.
The organisation notes that the data it collect is largely “based on public information requests, but the bulk of it–the part that will make it sustain after the structure is built–will use crowdsourcing to update the database.”
“How many people are killed in interactions with law enforcement in the United States of America? Are they increasing? What do those people look like?” the organisation asks on its website.
Vox took the data gathered by Fatal Encounters and created an interactive map of every documented police killing over the past 15 years. It looks like this:
Fatal Encounters states in its mission brief that while the FBI collects vast amounts of information on crime nationwide, it does not release collated statistics on how often police use deadly force.
In addition, it is not even mandatory for local and state agencies to report the circumstances of killings, and consequently, whether police were involved.
“Americans should have the ability to track that act.” the website notes.
Thus, the data collected and used to create the map of police killings is incomplete – significantly incomplete.
Indeed, the organisation estimates that it has only captured about 35 percent of total police killings since 2000 so far. So at best, this map represents a minimum of police related killings over the past 15 years.
By those calculations, around SIXTEEN THOUSAND Americans are likely to have been killed by police in that time. Over 1000, every year.
In comparison with other first world nations; only three people were killed by police in 2014 in the UK; 12 people in Canada, and eight over the past two years in Germany. All this despite the fact that the crime index highlights that countries like the UK aren’t that far behind America in regards to overall crime rate.
The level of police killings only appears to be escalating into an epidemic. It is indicative of an endemic societal divide between Americans and their government (yes police work for the government).
So are you still afraid of phantom ISIS camps on the border? Or does being shot dead merely for having a broken tail light seem a more realistic threat?
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.