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As of February 15, only a month and a half into 2015, there has been at least 136 individuals killed by police in the United States since the first of the year. The frighteningly high number averages out to three killed per day, or someone killed every eight hours. While there is no government-run database, Killed By Police has taken it upon themselves to keep track, and are doing a fantastic job thus far.
China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded 12 killings by law enforcement officers in 2014.
Let that sink in. Law enforcement in the US killed 92 times more people than a country with nearly 1.4 billion people.
So far this year all cop killers have been other cops. This year the police seem to be far more likely to die as a result of police brutality than at the hand of a violent suspect.
originally posted by: ~Lucidity
I'm not through them all yet, but judging from the links I've followed so far, it seems to me that we wouldn't be having this issue if people didn't point guns or fire at officers or other people.
originally posted by: safetymeeting
Does that mean any time I leave my house I automatically have a 1 in 260,000 chance of losing my life to the hands of a police officer?
a reply to: SlapMonkey
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: AlaskanDad
That link is piss-poor math.
What you need to do is take into account the amount of LEOs in America (780,000 in 2012...the most recent total I could find quickly) and divide that by three, since there are three 8-hour shifts in a given day. Now you have the number 260,000 (a closer guess as to how many LEOs are on-duty at any given time). So, we take that 260,000 and then divide by the total number of LEO-involved deaths (which is a best-guess and probably lower than the actual number), 136, and you come to a final number of 1911.76, or 1912 for our purposes.
In doing this, you arrive at one death for every 1,912 LEO shifts in America since the year began. If you want to know how many deaths that is per hour, now you multiply that by 8 (I'm assuming 8-hour shifts), and you have 15,294 (when using the non-rounded number for accuracy).
So, if you want to make a little more sense, you should say that there has been one death per every 15,294 LEO-hours this year.
One death for every 15,294 hours a law enforcement officer is on duty.
This is a more appropriate way to do the math, and is also closer to the reality of what this story is trying to portray. I know my math isn't perfect, but like I said, it's a better representation to the reality. It utterly amazes me that people regurgitate this type of information without employing critical thinking to see if the stats shown even make sense. Maybe I'm just better at critical thinking and math than the average person...I don't know.
Why does this escape most people?
Either way, if I missed something in my math, the point still remains--the math in this article is garbage.