• U.S. Cops Already Killed More Since Xmas Than UK Cops Have Killed in Five Years

    January 7, 2016

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    I love my readers, and want you all to have a safe 2016. So here’s some advice, assuming you don’t want to be murdered by your police: move to the UK. Or China. Or Australia. Or pretty much anywhere else.


    In all of 2011, British police killed two people. In 2012, one. In 2013, a total of three shots were fired by British police, and no one was killed. In the last two years, a total of three people lost their lives because of British cops, bringing the total number of citizens killed in the UK to all of seven in the last five years.


    Look at it another way. Since December 14, police in America have killed 60 citizens. It took English cops 25 years to do what American cops have done in the last two weeks of December.

    Or another way. On average, British police kill around two citizens a year. American cops kill more than that every day.

    Or another way. Since Christmas, police in our Homeland have killed 14 people. In the week since Christmas, American cops have killed twice as many people as the British police have killed altogether since 2011.

    Or another way. Since 1990, police officers in the United Kingdom have killed exactly 58 people.


    Yes, yes, some killed were truly threatening a life. But it seems even factoring that in, the numbers are wildly out of proportion for two societies so similar in terms of socioeconomics, rights, judicial processes and so forth.

    But we know the truth, don’t we — it’s all about guns. British police for the most part are not even armed, in large part because their entire population is not packing as if WWIII is about to erupt in Podunk, Texas.

    It is us, and the way we choose to live. And more and more the way we choose to live is dictating the way we will die. So if that’s exactly what you want, please vote not to change anything in 2016.



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    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Peter,

      Your articles have moved me, so I have moved out of the Dumbest Country on the Planet. If Amerika elects Donald Trump, everyone who can should move north before Canada builds its own wall and tells the Yankees to GO HOME. You idiots will need Obamacare to patch your bullet holes.

      01/7/16 12:10 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      I wish I could have moved somewhere else after 9/11. Unfortunately, like a lot of folks, I didn’t have a choice. No money..no move. It takes moola to move to another country. I mean…where do you get a job when you can’t speak the language? And unless you have a stash of moola to find a home and survive, notwithstanding the cost of the trip…you are shit out of luck. Not to mention family. I could no more put my wife and kids through that than I could throw them on the street, which would have been the same thing.

      And now, at 71? Move to another country? Haha. Ridiculous.

      As far as cops killing me. Ha. I live in the land that time forgot. Thank god.

      01/7/16 2:37 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      As JFK would say, the difference is between a free man and a sovereign’s subject. So, if you don’ wanna DieNasty, shun that of Poppy’s BUSH/CLINTON! I’ve got my BernOn, myself.

      01/7/16 3:20 PM | Comment Link

    • Frank The Ripper said...

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      So its the 2nd amendments fault?

      01/7/16 4:20 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Frank,

      If America feels so insecure that it can only sleep better with an assault rifle and enough ammo to kill half the neighborhood, it ain’t the Second Amendment at fault. The poor and middle class have been brainwashed by the Rich that the government is the enemy – that it is coming to take your weapons. If the government wanted to kill you, Frank, you would be dead already. It’s the Rich who are killing you, destroying the quality of life and fostering fear and ethnic strife so we don’t turn our guns on them.

      01/7/16 10:05 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich said:
      ” It’s the Rich who are killing you, destroying the quality of life and fostering fear and ethnic strife so we don’t turn our guns on them.”

      DING! DING! DING! We have a winner Johnny!!!

      Of course we’ve been conditioned to think class warfare is a no no. Meanwhile, the rich have rigged the game while the working class pays the price of playing. They don’t call it the Dumbest Country on the Planet for nothing.

      01/8/16 4:36 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      btw, there is a current series of essays over at emptywheel, which the author strives to show why we are where we’re at…cause..CAPITALISTS.

      In one succinct sentence, he says what I just said above.

      “They are all over the place, always scraping away at things we can do for ourselves cheaply and well through government, and routing taxes (which they don’t pay) and profits to themselves at the expense of the people who actually do the work.”

      https://www.emptywheel.net/2016/01/07/the-origins-of-totalitarianism-interlude-on-the-commons/

      Of course, the main theme is the Origins of Totalitarianism.

      gee, hoodathunk.

      01/8/16 4:57 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Wow, our cops have killed more people since Christmas than UK cops have in 5 years?

      America IS number one at everything, isn’t it?

      Go, team!

      01/8/16 5:34 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      01/8/16 7:42 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      America IS working hard to be number one in poverty. Watch out North Korea, here we come:

      http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/45-million-americans-live-poverty-you-wouldnt-know-it-watching-2016-coverage

      01/8/16 11:55 AM | Comment Link

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