From Justin Gardner:
Sterling was killed in front of a Baton Rouge convenience store while he was selling CDs with the permission of the store owner. He was shot at point blank range by two cops as they pinned him to the ground and held down his arms.
Days later, a video was streamed live on Facebook showing Castile bleeding to death in the passenger seat of a car just after being shot four times by a Minnesota cop. Castile had done nothing more than reach for his wallet after the cop had asked him for identification.
1,208 people were killed by cops in 2015, and 1,111 were killed in 2014—an average of three people a day. That was a 44 percent increase from 2013, where 763 people were killed by cops.
624 people have been killed by cops so far in 2016, putting us on track for another year where more than 1,000 lives will be taken by those sworn to protect and serve.
In America, the odds of being killed by a cop are far greater than in other parts of the world. 14 people were killed by cops in Canada in 2014, and only one person was killed by a cop in the United Kingdom. No one was killed by cops in Germany in 2013-2014.
China, which is known for its heavy-handed state tactics, recorded 12 killings by law enforcement in 2014. This means that law enforcement in the US killed 92 times more people than a country with nearly 1.4 billion people.
If anyone wants to talk about “American exceptionalism,” police killings must surely be near the top of the list.
To put things into further perspective, in America one is more likely to be killed by a cop than several rather scary things—from lightning to venomous snakes to amusement park rides.
Politicians and mainstream …