The New Zealand Police are trying to convince me that they have a sense of humor, are compassionate, (fairly) sensible, and well-trained.
Meanwhile in the US, the police have (that we know of) killed 109 people. [wapo] When I first found that link, last week, the number was only 99.
Just to give you some average mortality statistics, since 2002 (2001 had an unusual spike) the average number of Americans that die worldwide in terrorist attacks has been around 70. So, it’s not even mid February and cops have already killed more Americans than ISIS and Al Qaeda and the KKK – combined.
Police shootings appear to be a pretty consistent drumbeat of death and destruction:
Unfortunately, there is no single place in the US that’s safer than any of the others, except for the extremely rural areas.
In 2017, this is the skin color/ethnic breakdown in police shootings:
About twice as many white people were killed than black people. When you add black people and hispanic people together, it’s about even. Interestingly, the population of white to non-white is getting closer to even – 60% of the population is white. So it looks like the police are getting less discriminatory – they’ll shoot anyone.