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US police sure kill a lot of US citizens — but apparently that’s okay because we’re used to it

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Chart show comparisons for 2018: US  police fatally shot about 1000 people; Germany, 11 people; Australia 8; Sweden 6; UK 3; New Zealand 1.



That’s the message from many of the protesters who have filled American cities for nearly two weeks, demanding justice for the death of George Floyd and seeking to end a litany of police killings of black Americans.

The protests have rippled across the United States and throughout the world, with activists streaming through the streets of many capital cities in solidarity with the movement.

Floyd was just one of the many Americans killed by police officers each year. But in other developed countries, such incidents are rare.

Statistical comparisons show that police in the US typically shoot, arrest and imprison more people than similarly developed nations.

Each nation listed below either accompanies the US in the G7 group of the world’s most advanced economies, or is ranked similarly on global wealth, freedom and democracy indexes. But when it comes to policing and criminal justice, the US is a noticeable outlier, and black Americans are disproportionately affected. . . 

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Update: Someone pointed out a better way to present the data: 

US 31 per 10 million
Sweden 6
Australia 3
New Zealand 2
Germany 1
UK <1

Written by Leisureguy

5 December 2022 at 11:09 pm

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