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How many innocent people are killed by police each year?

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Number of officers killed: http://www.nleomf.org/facts/officer-fatalities-data/causes.html
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Number of civilians killed by officers in the process of an arrest: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=82
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Number of bystanders and not-charged persons: 2,002 from period 2002-2005 for total, of which 9% are innocent bystanders, most of which are killed by perp and some by stray cop bullets.

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We had a lady who called 911 and ended up getting shot mistakenly by the police just last year and the other day 2 people were blindly shot by police. I don't think those statistics cover these types of shootings. Do they?
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The last stat is the one you may be talking about. It's about 9 pct of the fatalities, and only 1-3 pct are caused by cops killing innocent bystanders. It happens, and is compensated by the municipalities. In my city, one such cost the city $1.4 million.
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only if they admit to fault.. which is almost never. the majority of police shootings of innocent people later become 'justified' by manipulating the situation and claiming they were 'afraid for their life'. even if there is no logical reason to be afraid. i.e. no weapon at the scene or no actual threat toward the officer. just a knee jerk reaction and a sense of superiority and that one phrase is enough for them to gun any person down in cold blood.
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too much

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To many to count sadly.

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AshIsEmo

What? I never knew that Police were killing innocent people :(

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A lot.

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thatoneguy97

Too many. Even if its 1 it's still too many.

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I wish it were none. :'(

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I wonder how many innocent people would be killed if we did have the police .

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Suzie17
thank you!
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You bet !
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16,000 people a year are murdered, that's 5.3 per 100,000, and that's with the police running around killing another thousand a year or so. At least that's the numbers on the books, who knows how many of those 16,000 murders were committed by police and pinned on innocent people. Death rows in every state are infested with innocent people, many of whom were tortured by police to extract false confessions to murder 1. Police don't stop murders. If anything, the conditions they create cause more strife including murders, assaults, robberies and so on. The police only exist to preserve the existing power structure. The police were invented to enforce dictatorial rule thousands of years ago and they haven't changed since. They're very good at protecting rich people from poor people and very bad at protecting poor people from rich people.
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Suzie17

So we should just do away with police huh? It's not a perfect system. But it's the better than the alternative. They put their necks on the line every day. Think of what it would be like without them.

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Even though I totally agree with you, it doesn't answer the users question.
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but it does give us something else to ponder!...;-)
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True.
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Suzie17
Police have a hard enough job.
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The world would be a paradise without police. Police protect pedophiles from the families of their victims, among many other horrible things they do.
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You are talking about those stereotypical police from shows like cops. We're talking about real people in the line of duty. They're just following orders.
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my daughter would still be alive if a gang of cops didn't think shooting 75 bullets into a windshield was ok, unarmed not wanted no record and some of you think they are all great. well I know 7 that is getting away with murder because of that shinny badge. and yes there are some good ones but lets face it their are some that use it to do as they please
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im sorry for your loss barbre. this is sadly any everyday occurrence that people have somehow accepted as 'part of the job'. 'They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.' - Ben Franklin. a man who knew the plight of militant police and unlawful searches and seizures. our fore fathers would be appalled at the government weve allowed to bloom.
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None

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Some body is not for the cops
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Sadly too many. Take caution when being pulled over for traffic ticket

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The police kill about ten times as many people as police are killed by people. Very reminiscent of the Sheriff of Nottingham.

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I would say the amount is much higher than that since the first thing they do is villianize the person who's killed.
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