In America all sorts of data is collected about Americans – but there is one database that is missing until now – how many human beings have cops killed? Right now it seems like an epidemic of death by cop. The individual deaths reported by news media could be the tip of the ice berg or not. We won’t know until the data is collected and studied.
One person has decided that we really need to know how many people have been killed by cops. He’s collecting the data of the what, where, how, why and when of human beings killed by cops. He is discovering that cops, FBI, cop shops, local governments do want this information made public. Most of the deaths by cops are male, minorities and mentally ill. This is based on the data he has collected so far. ” Brian Burghart, editor of the Reno News & Review,” has begun to collect this data and he writes:
The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why
The fact that the mentally ill are being killed in great numbers isn’t surprising because far too often in the death by cop cases the make the news the victim was mentally ill. There seemed to be an underlying pattern that cops know the easiest way to deal with an individual having a psychotic break is to shoot the person. Often these death by cop cases happen right in front of shocked parents. There is a pattern to the cases I have read and we need to know how often this happens, where these deaths are happening.
The more America’s dirty secrets are exposed the more we are learning that this country is just another third world country. Or perhaps a whole lot of little third world countries where the poor and mentally ill are dealt with by local cops. Ferguson is just a symptom of a much larger problem. Now the local racist prosecutor is doing his job to keep the murdering cop safe. So the prosecutors are in on the game plan.
If you have the time you can help collect and verify the data collected. Go to the link and see if you little part of the country is another third world country. Ironically Twitter may be making a difference by reporting event as they happen – such as death by cops and the cop’s efforts to silence the protests and the media.
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Why are cops like this guy ranting on a video posted on this link. This christian fella gives cops and Christians a bad name. If there were ever a candidate who should never be on the street armed to kill this is the poster boy for armed and stupid.
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