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In her Huffington Post article, writer Natasha Bach is saying people are fed up with police violence. Yet, she claims there is no way to count the number of fatal police shootings per year…
But if Ms. Bach had done her due diligence and researched a little she would have found the FBI statistics. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, on average, there are approximately 400 “justifiable homicides” by police officers each year. Juxtapose that number with the over 12 million arrests police officers make each year.
Nationwide, law enforcement made an estimated 12,196,959 arrests in 2012. Of these arrests, 521,196 were for violent crimes, and 1,646,212 were for property crimes. (Note: the UCR Program does not collect data on citations for traffic violations.)
The highest number of arrests were for drug abuse violations (estimated at 1,552,432 arrests), driving under the influence (estimated at 1,282,957), and larceny-theft (estimated at 1,282,352). (See Table 29.)
The estimated arrest rate for the United States in 2012 was 3,888.2 arrests per 100,000 inhabitants. The arrest rate for violent crime (including murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) was 166.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, and the arrest rate for property crime (burglary,larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) was 528.1 per 100,000 inhabitants. (SeeTable 30.)
Two-year arrest trends show violent crime arrests declined 1.8 percent in 2012 when compared with 2011 arrests, but property crime arrests increased 0.3 percent when compared with the 2011 arrests.
Arrests of juveniles for all offenses decreased 10.4 percent in 2012 when compared with the 2011 number; arrests of adults declined 0.9 percent. (See Table 36.)
Nearly 74 percent (73.8) of the persons arrested in the nation during 2012 were males. They accounted for 80.1 percent of persons arrested for violent crime and 62.6 percent of persons arrested for property crime. (See Table 42.)
In 2012, 69.3 percent of all persons arrested were white, 28.1 percent were black, and the remaining 2.6 percent were of other races. (See Table 43.)
It would seem 400 “justifiable homicides” is a comparatively low number when put up against 12 million arrests. And “police homicides” that are not justified are much fewer, they make the news, and are prosecuted quickly and aggressively.
Another writer, Natasha Lennard, in a similar article in December of 2012, writes on Salon.com that over half the people shot by police officers each year are mentally ill. She does not elaborate on how dangerous some mentally ill people are. Nor does she mention the liberals who sought and won a court battle to have mentally ill patients released en masse from mental hospitals. She writes:
An investigation by the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram has found that a disturbingly high percentage of individuals shot by police suffer from mental health problems. There are no federal statistics on police shootings of mentally ill people, but according to the investigation published this week, “a review of available reports indicates that at least half of the estimated 375 to 500 people shot and killed by police each year in this country have mental health problems.”
Ms. Lennard continues:
In New Hampshire, four of five people shot and killed by police in 2011 had mental health issues (80 percent); a sixth person shot by police also was mentally ill but survived, according to reports from the state’s Office of the Attorney General. All six shootings were found to be justified. A review of the New Hampshire attorney general’s reports on police shootings from 2007 through 2012 showed that seven of nine people killed by officers during that period had mental health issues (78 percent).
We know liberal bias abounds, and now Natasha Bach and the Huffington Post have published a twisted, bias story and have the chutzpa to call it news.
Perhaps, maybe — perhaps soon — the liberals will be demanding that the policing of local neighborhoods should be done by federal troops…