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    Independent tallies reveal extent of killings by US police

    Independent tallies reveal extent of killings by US police

    Washington (AFP) - Two independent studies have for the first time laid bare how many civilians died at the hands of US police over the course of a year: about three a day.

    The tallies, carried out by The Washington Post and the Guardian newspapers, are likely to fuel simmering outrage in many US communities that feel police officers are too quick to use deadly force.

    America has in recent years been shaken by a series of fatal police shootings that have prompted calls for reforms of law enforcement tactics.

    Some of the highest-profile incidents have involved white officers killing unarmed black men or youths, with many of the deaths caught on video camera.

    The shootings have galvanized the Black Lives Matter national movement, which has helped raise awareness around the disproportionate rate at which unarmed black men are killed by police.

    Because the Federal Bureau of Investigation only tallies "justifiable homicides" of felons by police officers, and not the overall number killed, the US edition of the Guardian and the Post set about keeping their own counts.

    The FBI's official tally of justifiable homicides in 2014 was 444 (2015 is not yet available.)

    The agency's national tally is also incomplete because reporting is voluntary, and not all police departments submit data.

    US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced plans to improve data collecting for use-of-force incidents involving police, calling it "vital for transparency and accountability."

    - Three a day -

    According to The Counted, at the Guardian's site, 1,130 people had as of Thursday been killed by police in 2015 -- more than three a day, on average.

    The Post, which only counted people killed by gunshot, put the number at 979.

    The Post found most of those were either armed, had mental troubles, or were fleeing officers who had told them to stop.

    In the bulk of cases where officers killed an armed suspect, the individual was white, the newspaper notes, adding that 36 officers have been shot and killed in 2015.

    However, when it comes to unarmed suspects, black men are disproportionately affected.

    The Post found that though black men make up only six percent of the US population, they made up 40 percent of the cases in which police killed an unarmed man in 2015.

    Yet another high-profile case unfolded Saturday in Chicago, when police fatally shot Bettie Jones, 55, a mother of five, and Quintonio LeGrier, a 19-year-old engineering student.

    Both died after police came to a private residence in response to a domestic-violence call.

    The city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, said more police should be armed with Taser stun guns and given additional training.

    "There's a difference between whether someone can use a gun and when they should use a gun," Emanuel said, after cutting short his vacation and returning to the city.

    - 'Public-health concern' -

    The shootings come with Chicago's police already under federal investigation over a video that shows a white police officer, Jason Van Dyke, shooting a black teen 16 times, with most of the gunshots fired as the boy was lying motionless on the ground.

    Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty to murder.

    The shooting of 17-year old Laquan McDonald, which took place in 2014, has triggered a federal civil-rights probe into the police and calls in some corners for the resignation of Emanuel -- a former top White House aide to President Barack Obama.

    In the rare cases where police are charged with wrongdoing in shootings, they are often cleared, as they only need to show they felt their lives were in danger at the time of the incident.

    Because so many people in America have guns, officers are trained to assume every suspect could be armed.

    In a recent study in the Public Library of Science (PLOS), researchers from Harvard University urged better national counting of police killings.

    "Law-enforcement-related deaths, of both persons killed by law-enforcement agents and also law-enforcement agents killed in the line of duty, are a public-health concern," the study notes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    Two independent studies have for the first time laid bare how many civilians died at the hands of US police over the course of a year
    Maybe this is part of the problem. Police ARE civilians. When they forget that they're civilians society suffers.

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    It's just more evidence of the stupid gun laws.

    I'd hate to be a copper there where every criminal you come into contact with has a cannon in his pocket.

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    Who cares, getting shot by the police is not the slightest bit of a daily threat in most people's lives.

    The problem is easy to fix; if the Blacks can't get along with the cops, the Blacks need to go.

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    I think all we need to do is have a look at this website

    Police State USA -

    Hate to say this,many American cops are fucking animals,its estimated around 50% of cops are ex military.

    here's something i just watched,how the fuk do people get away with terrorising 8yr old kid.

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    Another i just watched,pure fuking evil.

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