Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said the death of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was gunned down in a matter of seconds by Officer Timothy Loehmann, was a “perfect storm of human error.” The grand jury decided not to indict the officers.
Chicago police, a day after Christmas, fatally shot Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and Bettie Jones, 55, after their response to a domestic disturbance. Police said they shot Jones by accident. And as the media continues to lust over Donald Trump’s racist ascension, one that even former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke finds too radical, legal tyranny is destroying American communities of color. That is, of course, no concern to national politics and the American thirst for sensational soundbites and demagoguery. Local politics shapes national politics, and we simply can’t ignore this any longer.
America is, indeed, suffering from a perpetual “perfect storm of human error.” The errors systemically involves the local government and law enforcement, and they know it–which is why they continue to hide the record of civilian deaths.
— agitator in chief (@soit_goes) December 27, 2015
US civilians are dying in the hands of police on an average of about three times a day, which is why, according to a report by USuncut.com, Harvard medical researchers are partnering with US Public Health Agencies to officially consider and record police killings and police deaths as public health issues. It’s also a proposal to systemically track the number of people killed by police.
“As there are no official numbers, the best available data comes from independent news agencies like the Guardian (UK), who reported that 1,058 Americans have been killed by police in 2015. For African Americans, the number of law enforcement-related deaths per capita is twice as high as it is in the white population.”
Sure-the Justice Department is probing the Chicago Police department for misconduct, but it took a damn publication from the UK to make the numbers explicit, and bring national awareness to the epidemic.
Click here for the interactive death experience:
“Between 2005 and 2012 just 1,100 police departments – a fraction of America’s 18,000 police agencies – reported a “justifiable homicide” to the FBI. The FBI system counted 461 justifiable homicides by law enforcement in 2013, the latest year for which data is available. Crowdsourced counts found almost 300 additional fatalities during that year. The Counted, upon its launch on June 1, 2015, had already found close to that number of killings in just the first five months of this year.”
Far-right conservatives will use civilian on civilian death to distract communities of color for making police officers and the local government accountable, while chanting “anti-establishment” against the Obama presidency. It’s a pattern now. They’re against tyranny for the dominant culture, but tyranny against people of color and poor whites is perfectly acceptable.
Top Tweet responses to the stories:
— Dr. SaVonni Yestanti (@SaVonniYestanti) December 28, 2015
— Derrick Clifton (@DerrickClifton) December 26, 2015
I’m terrified for the US, if those “serving and protecting” can revoke a 12 y/o’s right to life because they find him “menacing”. #TamirRice
— Liam Dryden (@LiamDrydenEtc) December 28, 2015
— Jermaine Warren (@iamjermainew) December 28, 2015