More police reduces crime

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Source: Executive Office of the President of the United States,Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System (2016).

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A bouncing ball on some riot police

Private police reduce crime by more

Why 788 people were shot dead by police so far this year

The Washington Post also compiles a list of Americans shot dead by their police. The police hate speech host site, The Countered at The Guardian has some competition.

Source: Investigation: Police shootings – Washington Post.

The Washington Post counts 788 police shot dead by police. The Counted counts 922 because it includes deaths in custody, Taser deaths and people collapsing after a struggle. The Countered even included one poor sod who was lost at night-time and accidentally run over by the police cruiser searching for him. He wasn’t on the run. He was just run over at night.

Source: Investigation: Police shootings – Washington Post.

In common with The Counted, the Washington Post does not present the data on police shootings in the simple pie chart graphics to get a handle on how many times police shot armed criminals. That is why I am posting this pie chart today presenting this most basic information necessary for a balanced view.

The causes of the 1466 US police officer deaths, 2005 – 2014

A surprisingly large number of police officers die in car crashes or struck by vehicles.

Source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths.

Source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths.

Deaths in police car chases

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728 shot by police by race, 2015 @thecounted @radleybalko @Mark_J_Perry

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian accessed 20 September 2015 New Zealand standard time.

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian accessed 20 September 2015 New Zealand standard time.

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The 43 Taser deaths by race in 2015 @thecounted @radleybalko @Mark_J_Perry

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian accessed 1:30 p.m. 20 September 2015 New Zealand standard Time.

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian accessed 1:30 p.m. 20 September 2015 New Zealand standard Time.

@thecounted How did the 24 unarmed Hispanics/Latinos killed by police in 2015 die @radleybalko @Mark_J_Perry

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian accessed 1 p.m. 20 September 2015 New Zealand standard Time.

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@thecounted People killed by American police by race (%), 2015 @radleybalko @Mark_J_Perry

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian Accessed 12.50 a.m. New Zealand standard time, 18th September 2015.

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@thecounted How did the 62 unarmed Blacks killed by police in 2015 die @radleybalko @Mark_J_Perry

I followed the coding by the Guardian despite reservations. Including those struck by police cars in routine accidents, none of them police chases, conflates one database with another and does not touch on the issue of the wisdom of police car chases. Including people who drive cars at police or flee with kidnapped children in a car is stretching the definition of unarmed. The wisdom of shooting at a car with children in it is a separate issue. The safety of the hostage taker is not a responsibility of the police, the safety of the children kidnapped in that car was.

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian accessed 1 p.m. 16 September 2015 New Zealand standard Time.

About 10% of police shootings of unarmed people resulted in murder charges and a few of those still under investigation read as suspicious and may result in charges as well as more evidence is gathered.

That 10% figure of police shootings that result in murder charges is much higher if you exclude people who collapsed while in contact with police from underlying poor health either in a struggle or after being tasered – 20 or more out of 62, drove cars at police (3), killed in crossfire (2) or were killed in police car accidents (5). The figure is even higher when you exclude a good number of those who are struggling with police and the police fired in self defence lawfully. That is, if a police officer shoot someone at a safe distance without good cause, they face a high probability of being charged with murder.

The database I used today for the above figure on shooting of unarmed Blacks takes less than an hour to work your way through to code them for yourself, so if you doubt my coding, do your own coding and put up a rival figure. I will even consider a guest blog by you if you lack a forum.

Update: When I shared this post on the dataisbeautiful sub-reddit, the first comment on that post was to denounce me as a racist for sharing.

How did White, Black and Latino Americans killed by police die in 2015?

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian Accessed 1 a.m. New Zealand standard Time 15th September 2015.

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian Accessed 1 a.m. New Zealand standard Time 15th September 2015.

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian Accessed 1 a.m. New Zealand standard Time 15th September 2015.

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The 820 people killed by police by race in 2015 – updated again

I am surprised that the Guardian did not do this graphical analysis themselves. My analysis below shows the quite a few people were unarmed but many more were carrying guns, knives or other weapons.

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian Accessed 1 a.m. New Zealand standard Time 15th September 2015.

You have to read through every individual data entry to work out how many of those killed had guns, and the many of these were shooting at police when they were shot dead. The same legwork is required to find out how many officers are on murder charges after killing civilians.

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@radleybalko @thecounted How did the 169 unarmed people killed by police in 2015 die? @Mark_J_Perry updated

The Guardian is so anti-police that they included in their interactive database a drunk that drove into a police car and some poor bastard run over by the police cruiser searching for him at night.

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian.

Another handy hint for an unarmed suspect is do not flee police by stealing a police cruiser with the officer dragging behind you. He may well shoot you. Police will certainly shoot an unarmed suspect if they flee arrest in a police cruiser, kidnapping the two children who happened to be in the back – their parents expect no less.

Most of the police killings of the unarmed in circumstances where better evidence would resolve doubts.

The Guardian would do a lot better by arguing that all Tasers should have cameras on them, all police cruisers should have cameras in them, and all police officers should have cameras on their lapels. These cameras are excellent for collecting evidence against criminals. There should also be plenty of cameras in police stations.

The first randomized controlled trial of police body cameras in the USA showed that cameras sharply reduce the use of force by police and the number of citizen complaints. In Seattle, the police department has set up its own YouTube channel, broadcasting a stream of blurred images to protect privacy.

Update: I recoded charging police and reaching for a possible weapon on your person or in a car into separate categories

How did the 19 unarmed people killed by police since 1 August 2015 die? @radleybalko @thecounted

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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian

In coding the data from The Guardian interactive website, I included all 19 people they classified as unarmed and killed by police including

  • a death in custody involving corrections officers,
  • a drunk driver drove into the police car while turning left, and
  • an off duty police officer getting into a fatal fight with a neighbour.

Unarmed people should not charge at armed police, struggle for their guns, or refuse to comply when threatened with a Taser, especially if poor of health or have a weak heart.

In the only two cases of police malfeasance  –  three corrections officer beating a prisoner to death or a  trigger-happy police officer – charges have been laid or the officer dismissed pending further investigation. The man shot while fleeing police was a murder suspect.

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