by Nathan Barton
“Two more” law enforcement officers were killed, in Des Moines, Iowa, this week, according to SRN News, no doubt increasing cries of a “war on cops” here in the Fifty States.
But the REAL question is “how many more people will COPS kill here in in the Fifty States, this year, next year, and the year after?”
And the answer is simple, in one way: “TOO MANY!”
For example, Q13 News, as reposted by Free Thought News reports that last month two King’s County sheriff’s officers concluded a “wellness check” on a young, pregnant AmerInd woman in Washington State (a member of the Muckleshoot Nation) by killing her. Apparently because she didn’t answer the door and was wearing a gun – in her own home. They broke into the house and are now on “paid leave” while the killing is being “investigated.”
How many people do “law enforcement officers” kill each year?
Again, the answer to my rhetorical question is of course, “way too many.” The British newspaper the Guardian tries to keep a count of just how many ARE killed: as of the evening of the 2nd of November, they reported 894 Americans killed by police in the Fifty States: that is approaching an average of 3 per day. (Note: The WaPo only counts 802 – frankly, I am more willing to accept the Guardian’s data than that piece of birdcage liner.)
The “reasons” for getting killed by cops are astounding and scary. John Whitehead gives us a bit of an idea in a column at Information Clearinghouse. It is a horrifying list of what you might do to get yourself killed by cops. It doesn’t take much: “Suicide by Cop” is all too easy, in much of the former Land of the Free.
I am not advocating for, or supporting what the accused killer did by ambushing two police officers in Iowa earlier this week. But should it come as any surprise that SOME people have decided to hit back at the law enforcement officers? But even with these two latest killings, only 70 police officers have been attacked and killed so far this year (as reported by the “Officer Down Memorial Page” as of the 2nd of November. Indeed, total police line of duty fatalities are only 114 so far this year. That is not much.
Mama’s Note: The designation of “in the line of duty” is very squishy, including all kinds of things that are not violent attacks, and many that are simply negligence by the “officer” or others involved. How many of those 70 who died were actually the target of disgruntled, frustrated people who committed the real crime of murder? We may never know.
But getting killed by cops? You are a WHOLE lot more likely to get killed by a cop than to get killed by a terrorist here in the Fifty States. And fighting back, as the guy did this week (if that was his intent) usually still results in you getting killed, and the attacks not stopping. Which is why some people (for example, the guy who killed five cops in Dallas earlier this year) are trying harder – their actions fueled by rhetoric from the left right up to the White House. And why some people are warning that the REAL “war on cops” is yet to come, but may be coming very quickly. And in ways that will truly be shocking, making Dallas and Ohio very low key by comparison.
And that is more than wrong: that is criminal. Enough is enough.