killer cops


betty-shelby Officer Betty Shelby of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who killed Terence Crutcher in 2016.

Killer cops are police officers who kill the citizens they promised to serve and protect. Among rich Western countries, they are most common in the US, where they are infamous for killing Black people. They kill Native Americans at an even higher rate.

The numbers: The police in England and Wales killed 55 people from 1990 to 2014, about two a year. The US is about six times larger, so you would expect maybe 12 a year. The US is more violent with a murder rate five times higher, so make that 60 a year. In 2015 the number was 1,146, almost 20 times higher. And even if you count just unarmed Whites, it still comes to 104.

It is partly structural:

Killer cop privileges in the US:

  • Administrative leave: paid vacation for killer cops!
  • The blue wall…

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