By the numbers: US police kill more in days than other countries do in years
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Guardian (One of the UK's leading newspapers)
Posted: September 7th, 2020
Now that we have built The Counted, a definitive record of people killed by police in the US this year, at least there is some accountability in America even if data from the rest of the world is still catching up. It is undeniable that police in the US often contend with much more violent situations and more heavily armed individuals than police in other developed democratic societies. Still, looking at our data for the US against admittedly less reliable information on police killings elsewhere paints a dramatic portrait: the US is not just some outlier in terms of police violence when compared with countries of similar economic and political standing. America is the outlier and this is what a crisis looks like. There were 59 fatal police shootings in the US for the days between 1 January and 24 January. According to data collected by the UK advocacy group Inquest, there have been 55 fatal police shootings total in England and Wales from 1990 to 2014. The US population is roughly six times that of England and Wales. According to the World Bank, the US has a per capita intentional homicide rate five times that of the UK. There has been just one fatal shooting by Icelandic police in the countrys 71-year history. The city of Stockton, California with 25,000 fewer residents than all of Iceland combined had three fatal encounters in the first five months of 2015. Police in the US have shot and killed more people in every week this year than are reportedly shot and killed by German police in an entire year.
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