The total number of American deaths in both the Iraq war and the Afghanistan war combined is only 7,000. These two very long wars, which have dominated our national efforts for all of the 21st century, have killed half as many Americans as were killed by murder in one year here at home.
Let that sink in. Two stupid wars covering 15 years killed only half of the number of Americans as were murdered in one year here at home. Does anyone notice ???
When deadly force is used within the prescribed manner, the killing is deemed a justifiable homicide. Some law enforcement agencies routinely investigate all uses of deadly force while others investigate only cases involving extenuating circumstances. Other causes of death to suspects include accidents and police brutality. When circumstances surrounding a death are questionable, a state and/or federal agency may investigate.
Of the thousands of fatal police shootings 2005-2015, only 54 police officers were criminally charged as a result, and most of those were cleared or acquitted. According to a Washington Post report by Alice Crites and Steven Rich, those who are convicted or plead guilty tend to get an average of four years of jail time, and sometimes only weeks.
There is an Epidemic of Police Misconduct. Violent police are increasingly criticized for everything from killing dogs to shooting the homeless and beating the mentally ill. These abuses of power are disturbing and desperately need attention. One under-discussed problem with police accountability (or lack thereof), however, is police irresponsibility while driving.
Stories about drunk officers driving the wrong direction on freeways and hitting civilians or soberly ramming into pedestrians are not uncommon.
If the truth is told, these types of police activities would be called murder
Shoot first, ask questions later.
We export murder.