Sunday, March 6, 2016

Stranger Danger

Killer cops of the past. Little has changed.

The Intro:

Americans are afraid of many threats to their lives – serial killers, crazed gunmen, gang bangers, and above all terrorists – but these threats are surprisingly unlikely.[1] Approximately three-quarters of all homicide victims in America are killed by someone they know.[2] And the real threat from strangers is quite different from what most fear: one-third of all Americans killed by strangers are killed by police.
which is followed by a whole lotta stats you can have your people look at, & then

The Outro:

America is a land ruled by fear. We fear that our children will be abducted by strangers, that crazed gunmen will perpetrate mass killings in our schools and theaters, that terrorists will gun us down or blow up our buildings, and that serial killers will stalk us on dark streets. All of these risks are real, but they are minuscule in probability: taken together, these threats constitute less than three per cent of total annual homicides in the US.[8] The numerically greater threat to our safety, and the largest single category of strangers who threaten us, are the people we have empowered to use deadly force to protect us from these less probable threats. The question for Americans is whether we will continue to tolerate police violence at this scale in return for protection against the quantitatively less likely threats.
"Cop kill a creep: Pow! Pow! Pow!"


Weird Dave said...

Nice find.

M. Bouffant said...

Busted Again Ed.:
Credit where due, found it at War in Context, which/who aggregates a good mess o' crap.