Shown in featured image above: The US police murder of unarmed black man Walter Scott by white police officer Michael Slager on 4 April 2015. [pedestrian video of shooting (approx. 3 minutes)]
Following the Ferguson unrest and the nationwide spread of the Black Lives Matter (BML) activist movement, on 7 December 2017, Michael Slager was convicted of murder and sentenced to twenty years in prison for the murder of Walter Scott. (source, New York Times). That conviction and sentencing marked the de jure (legal) ending of the US Government’s historical support of systematic US police excessive force and unaccounted murder against minority groups throughout US-jurisdiction territory. The de facto development of this issue remains to be seen throughout the coming years.
2015 US POLICE HOMICIDE STATISTICS
(According to the Guardian’s Investigation)
By: Marc Immanuel
Published on: 15 May 2017
Last updated on: 21 May 2018
Below video (approx. 4 minutes): Piaget Crenshaw talks with CNN’s Michaela Pereira. Piaget Crenshaw witnessed the murder of a black teenager, Michael Brown, age 18, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on 9 August 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. She video recorded the body of Michael Brown lying in the middle of the street after having been shot to death. (This CNN video report contains some portions of that recording.) Brown’s body stayed in the street for hours. He had been unarmed. (Sources: source1, Wikipedia; source2; source3; source4)
The police killing of Michael Brown lead to the Ferguson unrest, involving protests and riots by the black community of Ferguson and a militarized police crackdown against unarmed protesters (including journalists). The murder of Michael Brown and the Ferguson unrest which followed contributed to the spread of the Black Lives Matter (BML) international activist movement (which campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people).
On 4 March 2015, the US Justice Department announced that Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson, would not be charged for the shooting. Its report said “there is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety”. (source)
Confirmed by several civilian investigations: During the three-year period 2014/2015/2016, deaths of civilians in violent encounters with US police had been averaging over 1,000 deaths per year. (And deaths of US police officers in violent encounters with civilians had been averaging about 50 officers killed per year.)
According to THE GUARDIAN‘S INVESTIGATION:
About 1,150 civilians in US-jurisdiction territory died in encounters with US police that year, 2015.
CAUSES OF DEATH
Of the about 1,150 US police homicides in 2015, 89% of deaths were caused by gunshot, 4% were Taser-related, 4% were deaths in custody following physical confrontations, and 3% were deaths of people struck by police officers driving vehicles.
”RACIO-ETHNIC” RATIOS AND STATISTICS
In 2015, the highest ratio by “racio-ethnic” category of deaths in US police homicides was “black” (“African”-origin) persons, followed by “Indigenous” (“Native”) persons, followed by “Hispanic/Latino” persons. (source)
Despite making up only 2% of the total US population, young black men between the ages of 15 and 34 comprised more than 15% of all deaths logged that year by the Guardian’s investigation into the use of deadly force by US police
Young black men (of age range 15 to 34) were nine times more likely than residents of other age, gender, or “race”/ethnicity to be killed by US police officers in 2015 (and five times more likely than white men of the same age range).
Overall, black persons were twice as likely to be killed by US police than persons of all other human subgroups/ethnicities collectively.
One in every 65 deaths of a young black man in the US was a killing by police.
PERCENTAGE OF DEATHS OF UNARMED PERSONS
In 2015, about 25% of black civilians killed (about 75 persons) and about 17% of white civilians killed (about 100 persons) were unarmed.
PERCENTAGE OF DEATHS OF PERSONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
In 2015, about 27% of all civilians killed (about 300 persons) suffered, at the time, from mental health issues.
Main source of above information:
“Young Black Men Killed by US Police at Highest Rate in Year of 1,134 Deaths”,
The Guardian, article (news), by Jon Swaine, Oliver Laughland, and Ciara McCarthy,
31 December 2015
“The Raw Videos That Have Sparked Outrage Over Police Treatment of Blacks”,
The New York Times, article (news), by Damien Cave and Rochelle Oliver,
4 Oct. 2016 (shows 21 videos of US police homicides and excessive force against black civilians during the period 2013-2016)
U.S. POLICE CRIMES AGAINST INDIGENOUS POPULATION
Indigenous (Native) residents of US-jurisdiction territory have also been — all throughout the history of US policing without a de facto end as of 2017 — one of the human subgroups most vulnerable to being shot and killed by US police.
According to the deaths logged in by the Guardian’s investigation in 2016, the highest ratio by “racio-ethnic” category of US police homicides that year was of Indigenous persons. (source)
One of those persons was 23-year-old pregnant mother of three, Renée Davis, who was shot to death by US police officers in her home on the Muckleshoot Reservation.
“When ‘Native Americans’ [Indigenous persons of the Western Continent] are shot and killed by law enforcement, there’s rarely much news coverage of those incidents. There are no outcries from any community other than our own. There are no white or black faces rallying around us, marching with us, protesting with us over this injustice. Why? Because we are a forgotten people.”
— Simon Moya-Smith, citizen of Oglala Lakota Nation, culture editor at Indian Country,
commenting on a CNN news article, 24 December 2014
CRIMES OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT:
From the Trail of Tears
to the Invasion of Iraq
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