Police Shootings

Glossary

Acquitted: not guilty/free of charge

Fatal: causing death

Fleeing: Avoiding the problem/ running away from danger

Misdemeanors: less serious than a felony and is a wrongdoing

Are police targeting certain groups of people?

Recent research done by Mercury News shows that police are killing unarmed black males and that others are protesting the deaths of 2 black men. During the protest a gunman killed 5 police officers and wounded 9 others. People are protesting because they don’t agree with the police and are wanting justice for the person that has been killed. Another study shows that unarmed blacks have been mistakenly fired at. One other statistic says that black men are three times more likely to be killed than white males. Blacks might have a higher chance of being killed due to stereotypes because blacks are looked upon as dangerous people. The Bureau of Justice Statistics says that 13% of blacks are pulled over while 10% of whites are pulled over these statistics aren’t just shown when pulled over because of stops but also from tickets, arrests, and license suspensions. One reason why blacks might be pulled over more is because they are known to drive more miles and they might also drive places where there is a larger police presence. Not only is it just because of shootings but also fatal accidents.

What happens to the police after they shoot an unarmed person?

Studies show that police have to do interviews and psychological evaluations. Even though the police have to do interviews to find out everything that happened they will be put on paid leave. Normally after the case of a death things are tracked but Us Today's article it says “No one regularly chronicles the use of police force, how many people are killed in confrontations with officers or how many officers are prosecuted or convicted.” Due the lack of attention on the police force it decreases the watchdogs reliability. Some police have even been acquitted for their actions. USA Today mentions "Ohio, for example, does not require an investigation of police shootings by an agency other than the one for which the officer works." I don't think this is fair. I think this because if a police has used too much force they should investigate the officers, so then the officers can learn from their actions.

Why aren’t more officers wearing body cameras?

Some studies done on body cameras talk about how increasing body cameras will decrease police officers force. Cato Institute says "a fairly common recommendation for reducing police misconduct is to increase use of body cameras." I believe that if body cameras are lowering the numbers of deaths due to misconduct that all officers should be forced to wear body cameras. Not only will body cameras decrease the numbers and rates it will also gain people's respect for officers because there will be evidence on what the officer did while in contact with a suspect. It will also show if the person is fleeing against the police. People are starting to question if body cameras are starting to work and if it's decreasing the amount of force they use. The answer to that is there is not enough data collected to tell if the cameras are working or not.

Which year had the highest death rates by police?

What are the rates of deaths in a year by police you might be asking?BBC states that, " 10 years from 2006 to 2015 the annual average number of police deaths was 49.6 and blacks are being shot at a rate that's 2.5 times higher than whites (Newsweek)." In the year of 2015 there was almost 1,400 deaths by fatal encounters. "From 2000-2014, FE records at least 12,137 people killed by police, compared to just 5,830 reported to the FBI by police over the same period(Newsweek)." The most recent years are the years with the most deaths.

Are police being trained properly?

ABC News mentions "in late August, a police officer shot and killed a man after he mistook the man’s cigarette lighter for a gun(Campbell and Foreman)." The Atlantic “There’s a set of training that is designed to help officers deal with situations that become escalated because of emotions and because the person they’re dealing with might have mental challenges(MacArthur)." While others say its not a training issue...there has to be some sort of miscommunication. How come police are still being payed while on leave even though it's still being investigated?

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