Police Brutality - Statistics that don't make the headlines
What the news tells us
Recently, anybody that has paid the slightest attention to mainstream and social media, will have had no choice than to read or see an apparent alarming rise in instances where police officers are roaming the U.S shooting people willy nilly.
Now I will admit firstly, that being a police officer myself for ten years, I may seem like I am biased. I would also point out that I have a family, and friends, and a lot of people to care about, so if I thought there was really an issue of crazed power hungry policemen roaming the streets, I promise I would be shouting from the rooftops. (More sensibly hiding in a basement).
I won't sit here and go on about how much I do not wish to shoot somebody, although I truly don't, instead, check out some of the statistics that are available before we listen to everything the news tells us
The stats in a nutshell:
U.S Population (2012)- 313,910,000
Sworn peace Officers (2012)- 670,439
That's two and a half officers for every 100,000 people
In 2012, 670,439 officers, had contact with 53 million civilians, of which 26,000 excessive force complaints arose. (0.049% of all contacts). Only 2080 of those were sustained.
That makes 0.0039% of all police contacts resulted in excessive force.
I won't try to speak for every situation, but let's try to remember the other 99.9% of police contact that concludes without excessive force before we are consumed by the media hype.