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Walsh reports: "Hundreds of police killings are not included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's records on the matter, according to a new report."

Police officer grabs an Occupy protester. (photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)
Police officer grabs an Occupy protester. (photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


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Hundreds of Killings by Cops Are Not Reported to FBI

By Michael Walsh, Yahoo! News

05 December 14

 

undreds of police killings are not included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s records on the matter, according to a new report.

More than 550 homicides by police officers between 2007 and 2012 were missing from the federal statistics or not attributed to the law enforcement agency involved, the Wall Street Journal reported.

This makes it nearly impossible to figure out how many people cops kill — justifiably or not — every year.

The analysis comes at a time of heightened pressure for transparency from authorities, especially after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August.

To compile the report, the Journal looked at the internal figures of killings by police from 105 of the nation’s 110 largest police departments. Apparently, five declined its request for access.

The internal records show at least 1,800 deaths during the aforementioned timeframe. That is about 45 percent higher than the FBI’s tally of 1,242, according to the broadsheet.

Why don’t the FBI records contain these additional deaths?

Clearly, some law enforcement agencies are not reporting all the police killings that happen on their watch.

Many activists have been speaking out against what they consider unfair treatment for people of color by law enforcement and the justice system.

A wave of protests spread through New York Wednesday after a grand jury decided not to indict a white officer in the killing of an unarmed black man named Eric Garner on Staten Island.

Furthermore, recent studies have revealed that the racial divide in U.S. arrest rates is staggering.

Last month, USA Today reported that at least 1,581 police departments in the United States arrest African-Americans at a higher rate than the Ferguson Police Department.

And black people in Ferguson are arrested nearly three times more than other races, according to the study, which compared arrests reported to the FBI in 2010 and 2011.

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+10 # RMDC 2014-12-05 20:35
"Furthermore, recent studies have revealed that the racial divide in U.S. arrest rates is staggering."

We've known this for decades. Read the reports from the DC based Sentencing Project. The destruction of African Males by the criminal justice system is well documented in Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarcaration in the Age of Color Blindness. "

This article is worse than milque-toast. The "recent studies" it references are USA Today and Yahoo News. Get real!!!
 
 
+1 # janla 2014-12-06 15:39
Quoting RMDC:
"Furthermore, recent studies have revealed that the racial divide in U.S. arrest rates is staggering."

We've known this for decades. Read the reports from the DC based Sentencing Project. The destruction of African Males by the criminal justice system is well documented in Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarcaration in the Age of Color Blindness. "

This article is worse than milque-toast. The "recent studies" it references are USA Today and Yahoo News. Get real!!!

Did USA Today and Yahoo News do the studies or just report on them?
 
 
+4 # Adoregon 2014-12-05 23:16
"Hundreds of police killings are not included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s records on the matter, according to a new report."

No surprise there.

Uh huh... now imagine if the sentence above read slightly differently:

Hundreds of police killed are not included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s records on the matter, according to a new report.

Suddenly everyone is shitting sideways.

Why?
 
 
+3 # lourdmar 2014-12-06 00:35
I too wonder about the identity of 'Brux'
 
 
0 # brux 2014-12-07 19:41
Really, well then, why don't you wonder about me in an article where I actually made a comment?
 
 
+2 # Atliberty 2014-12-06 08:45
Cops have shown nothing but hate lies deception violence and thuggery to me. I've had guns pointed at me by cops well over 1/2 dozen times and only once by a private citizen. I've had hundreds of times as much money and possessions stolen from me by law enforcement and the judicial system than any other individual or gang. Yes there are a few things written into the US Declaration of Independence and the Constitution that we should retain; other than that we need to form a new government and write a revised and reformed Constitution. This government is run by ZioNazis of infinitely greedy evil proportion.
 
 
+3 # Stevodevo 2014-12-06 10:04
Police brutality is not limited to Blacks and Hispanics. Local sheriffs killed an innocent White guy when they broke through the door of the wrong apartment looking for a guy who had been in a bar fight. No e of them were punished.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2014-12-06 16:53
Quoting Stevodevo:
Police brutality is not limited to Blacks and Hispanics. Local sheriffs killed an innocent White guy when they broke through the door of the wrong apartment looking for a guy who had been in a bar fight. No e of them were punished.


It's very true that white people who get caught up with the cops, innocently or not, are in danger of getting killed, but statistically, blacks are killed seven times more frequently.
 
 
+5 # Rockster 2014-12-06 11:16
Isn't it against laws or regulations to lie on an FBI report. Where is our Justice Dept here? From my direct experiences serving on Juries in criminal court , I can attest that most of the people actually doing the day to day work in the system are trying their best to do the job well and yet there is huge unfairness and awful injustice done everyday ! What's the explanation? One possibility is that the "political" leaders at the top of the food chain are Not interested in justice but are arrogantly reaching for more power and more money. The model of how it actually works is sort of like an out of control school where the headmaster bullies everyone, the teachers bully the students and nasty students bully the others. How does one reform this without cleaning house and starting fresh with intent of fairness?
 
 
0 # elizabethblock 2014-12-08 19:04
The head of Toronto's Police Services Board got in trouble for sending out certain figures:
Number of Americans killed by ISIS, 3. Number of Americans killed by Ebola, 2. Number of Americans killed by police, 500.
The police union criticized him for not being "objective."
I say he was doing his job.
 

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