FBI Report Accidentally Exposes The Severity Of The Police State

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Cary Wedler via Alt-Market.com,

A recently published FBI report accidentally proves that while the police claim cops face growing threats from rowdy populations–like in Ferguson–the opposite is true. The report presents law enforcement deaths in 2013.

The report found that across the entire country, only 76 LEOs were killed in “line-of-duty” incidents. 27 died as a result of “felonious” acts and 49 officers died in accidents–namely, automobile (ironically, of the 23 killed in car accidents, 14 were not wearing seat belts–a violation for which cops routinely ticket drivers). More officers die from accidents than actual murders on the job. The report also outright admits that intentional murders of cops were down from 2004 and 2009.

Further, 49,851 officers were assaulted–a statistic that seemingly proves police are at risk. 29.2%, or 14,556, were actually injured (an admittedly high number). Still, a suspect fact is that 79.8% of the time, “assailants used personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.).” This means that in a vast majority of cases, there was no physical evidence that assault occurred (outside of potential bruises and cuts,but this information is not public). Punches and kicks can be damaging, but nowhere near firearms and knives, which constituted a very small percentage of “assaults.” The report also does not specify what constitutes an “injury,” making designations of injury potentially arbitrary and subjective.

This means that the common police tactic of misrepresenting scuffles and charging people with assault could be at work (such as when a cop squeezed the breast of an Occupy protester so hard he left a bruise and in the chaos, she accidentally elbowed a cop. She went to jail for “assaulting” an officer). Of course, it’s a possibility that all 49,851 officers were simply “doing their jobs,” but at the very least it is important to be skeptical.

But besides direct contradictions to the logic behind institutional myths of heroic cops and dangerous bad guys, what are the implications of this FBI report?

First, that police are schizophrenic in their belief that they are in danger (this fear is proven in the recent Ferguson protests and presence of the National Guard). The overzealous militarization of local cops is enough to prove that they might as well be hiding under blankies from the American populace in spite of the fact thatviolent crime has been dropping for decades.

However, considering how well cops are armed and how efficiently the justice system protects them from prosecution for their crimes, they prove to be paranoid. 27 police officers in a country with over 300 million people died last year. Law enforcement deaths-by-murder are included in the 49,851 “assaults” against officers, which means that .05 (half a percent) died as a result of alleged attacks. Crime against cops has dropped to a 50 year low. It’s more dangerous to drive a car than be a cop (this is bolstered by the fact that the number of cops who died in car accidents almost equals the total number of cops murdered–23 to 27).

Second, militarization is working for the police. It is not working for the rest of us. Though there is little reliable, official data about the number of people police kill every year, tenuous reports claim it is around 400. This is already almost 15 times more than police who are intentionally killed. However, the 400 figure is a result of 17,000 local police agencies being allowed to self-report. The numbers could be far higher.

As Tech Dirt said of a 2008 FBI report that found cops had killed 391 people in 2007:

“That count only includes homicides that occurred during the commission of a felony. This total doesn’t include justifiable homicides committed by police officers against people not committing felonies and also doesn’t include homicides found to be not justifiable.

But still, this severe undercount far outpaces the number of cops killed by civilians.”

The number of “justifiable” homocides was on the rise in 2008 (to be fair, it was rising among private citizens as well) in spite of the inconvenient fact that overall crime has been declining.

Unfortunately, the most important implication of the FBI report is the simple fact that the report exists. When the FBI takes the time to construct a meticulous report (you can read more details here) of all the ways that a tiny percentage of cops were killed–but cannot be bothered to officially count civilian deaths at the hands of cops, the reality is obvious:

The governemnt places a higher priority on their own than on the lives of those they claim to “serve,” “protect,” and “work for.” It cares more about exonerating the police of their crimes than providing justice to those they abuse. There is no justice when the criminal is the cop.

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Flying Tiger Comics's picture

22 November 1963 to now: American Coup and its consequences.

 

Go back to bed, America, your government is in control.

 

JohnG's picture

 

 

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

 

Isotope's picture

This brings to mind a case I saw earlier this year. A middle aged man who was drunk was "subdued" by two officers, and in their words, "gently rolled to the ground." Soon after, it was noticed that he was not breathing. After being resuscitated and brought to the hospital, I found that there were fractures in 5 of his 7 cervical vertebrae, with two areas of displacement causing spinal cord compression. He was paralyzed from the neck down, and also (it was eventually determined) brain dead. As far as I can tell, nothing was ever done to investigate this. I will never believe anything a pig says, not a single word. As far as I am concerned, their entire existence is a lie.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Did you know Africa is chock-full of teens? It's True!

JamesBond's picture

All police departments around the country have been given the same end-game scenario for the United States.  When the SHTF from a crashing economy, it will be shoot first, no need to ask questions later.  It should be obvious from the militarization of the police force that they are preparing for an Armagedon type event.  

JLee2027's picture

The cops won't survive such an event. They will, like the rest of us, care about their families first and rioters second. Like the Iraqi army, most will strip off the uniform and walk away.

rocker's picture

Desperate People do Desperate Things. Their paycheck is of great value to them.

Why else would they take that shitty job.

ACP's picture

A more useful statistic to use to show how cops abuse the use of force is this:

One dog is killed by a cop every 2 hours in the US.

 

How many cops have been killed on duty by dogs, in all of recorded US history?

ZERO.

 

"Feared for my life" my ass. This excuse is used by the government to kill anything they want.

Headbanger's picture

WTF!?

THIS SHIT IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE '68 DEMOCRAP CONVENTION IN CHICAGO

OR HOW ABOUT KENT STATE YOU MOOKTARDS!?

OR WACO TEXAS ANYBODY?

DUHHHHH....

Headbanger's picture

WHHHHHAAAAAAHHHHHH!!  POLICE BRUTALITY!!!

AND GLOBAL WARMING!! WHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!

THEN DON'T CALL 911 WHEN YOU NEED HELP!

AND KILL YOURSELF TO SAVE THE PLANET!

Manthong's picture

In ’68 Daley ordered “shoot to kill”, but only for arsonists and looters.

The difference then though was you didn’t have Kevlar Robo-Cops with tanks and artillery intimidating all of the citizenry.

The other difference was that the protesters most likely to cause significant problems were not products of 60 years of cultural decay.

XitSam's picture

Mailmen encounter dogs often enough that it has become part of popular culture. Yet how many mailmen carry guns?1 How often do mailmen shoot dogs?  Police need to learn techniques to deal with dogs, like pepper spray or mace.

1 Some rural mailmen do i believe.

Umh's picture

They take the job because they want to fix the world. Of course they want to fix the world to be the way they think it should be, not the way others might want it to be.

SafelyGraze's picture

"As Tech Dirt said of a 2008 FBI report that found cops had killed 391 people in 2007:"

the 391 number might seem small, but remember: the quota in 2007 was only 375

so by this metric alone, leo outperformed requirements

 

JamesBond's picture

It is easier to take care of your family wearing an official badge, doning body armor and carrying an m16A2 than to strip down to your civies, walk away and hunker down in a 2 bedroom apartment.  Seriiously, which scenario sounds the most prudent when the Armegedon arrives in the US?

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

The end of Rome was a slow process over generations.

vie's picture

I suspect they've figured out how to accelerate it in the past 2000 years, and make money in the process.

Urban Redneck's picture

It's harder to defend one's family when one is out and about kicking down doors.    It could create a very ugly vicious circle where the police are reduced to only psychopaths and desperate paycheck collectors, while their own actions place ever larger targets on their family attracting both psychopaths and strategic resistance.  "Extra special justice" is really ugly.  If you actually want to protect someone, there is only one place to effectively do so.  If you want to "make the world safer place" - that's a different scenario, but it has potential "costs."

Ghordius's picture

part of this ugly vicious circle is tendencies to policemen living in special compounds, and becoming the classic "banana republic" military police

heavy handed and out of touch with the population, and so not much more then an occupying force

Rakksan's picture

As they did in NO during Katrenia.

LikeyMikey's picture

ya think?

 

The Feds (inthe last couple ofyears) just bought a few Hollow Point rounds.....     I think the recent count is actually over 2 billion at this point....

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/03/11/1-6-billion-rounds-of-ammo-for-homeland-security-its-time-for-a-national-conversation/

 

Hmmmmmm   -     I wonder why?   their original answer was for Target Practice for all the agencies.....   Who uses HP for Target Practice?

 

Hmmmmmm 

Overfed's picture

This story just goes to show that YOU and only you are responsible for your own safety and defense. Forget all of that shit you see in movies or on TV. No one is gonna pop up at the last second and save you. You are on your own. Be prepared. There are no heroes.

fleur de lis's picture

@JohnG--Then why do the idiots in DC keep appointing the title of Czar? Department Head isn't good enough?

GeezerGeek's picture

Wishful thinking? Czars ruled by force, not by the consent of the governed. And on a more politically correct note, why haven't we had any czarinas?

sylviasays's picture

why do the idiots in DC keep appointing the title of Czar? Department Head isn't good enough?

It's Obama and his radical leftist Marxists in the Democrat Party who are the idiots appointing czars. No other regime in the United States has ever appointed czars. 

junction's picture

Job term limits is the obvious solution to problems with the police.  After eight years as a cop, tell the cop to look for another job.  After all, if the job is so dangerous, the cop should be desperate to get a less hazardous job.  Like box boy at Publix or night watchman.

JLee2027's picture

Good idea. I would expand that to term limits for all government employees. None will receive lifelong jobs and pensions off the taxpayer anymore.

The Merovingian's picture

That's just 'folked up'.

JustObserving's picture

US Police forces are being increasingly militarized.  If you protest peacefully in the land of the free, you must be a terrorist:

From Occupation to ‘Occupy': The Israelification of American domestic security


The Israelification of America’s security apparatus, recently unleashed in full force against the Occupy Wall Street Movement, has taken place at every level of law enforcement, and in areas that have yet to be exposed. The phenomenon has been documented in bits and pieces, through occasional news reports that typically highlight Israel’s national security prowess without examining the problematic nature of working with a country accused of grave human rights abuses. But it has never been the subject of a national discussion. And collaboration between American and Israeli cops is just the tip of the iceberg.

When a riot squad from the New York Police Department destroyed and evicted the “Occupy Wall Street” protest encampment at Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan, department leadership drew on the anti-terror tactics they had refined since the 9/11 attacks. According to the New York Times, the NYPD deployed “counterterrorism measures” to mobilize large numbers of cops for the lightning raid on Zuccotti. The use of anti-terror techniques to suppress a civilian protest complemented harsh police measures demonstrated across the country against the nationwide “Occupy” movement, from firing tear gas canisters and rubber bullets into unarmed crowds to blasting demonstrators with the LRAD sound cannon.

Given the amount of training the NYPD and so many other police forces have received from Israel’s military-intelligence apparatus, and the profuse levels of gratitude American police chiefs have expressed to their Israeli mentors, it is worth asking how much Israeli instruction has influenced the way the police have attempted to suppress the Occupy movement, and how much they will inform police repression of future examples of street protest. What can be said for certain is that the Israelification of American law enforcement has intensified police fear and hostility towards the civilian population, blurring the lines between protesters, criminals, and terrorists. As Dichter said, they are all just “crimiterrorists.”

http://mondoweiss.net/2011/12/from-occupation-to-occupy-the-israelificat...

falconflight's picture

Funny, in Israel, you aren't going to be groped, told to take of your shoes and the rest to board an airline.  And they are facing daily threats.  

Ignatius's picture

Plead that to a group of Palestinians with a straight face, and let us know how it works out.

Raging Debate's picture

Falconflight - Both Israeli and American leadership are treating the citizens not as servants but as rulers.

As for this "leak" nothing in politics happens by accident. But some of us do what we can and eventually, its is enough.

Police states destroy confidence, the very funding that pays people's salaries and benefits which translates into being very bad for the long-term for ALL but keeps a few a job in government in the short-term.

We all tend to argue our own interests but perhaps we should all at least consider our long-term more.

Jonathan Equine Phallus's picture
Jonathan Equine Phallus (not verified) falconflight Dec 1, 2014 2:21 PM

yeah, belligerent, colonizing, racialist states sometimes face resistance from the natives.

A Lunatic's picture

We 'protected' some folks.....

NumNutt's picture

cop = armed tax collector.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Yup, and asyou'll see from the article, local councils are at it too - there's been some attempts at stinkus here about the way councils have serially abused anti-terror laws to spy on residents. Meanwhile, turns out most policeforces are under-reporting and/or failing to investigate crime, and 50% of Chief Constables are under investigation themselves as a result. One law for them...

One Eyed Jack's picture

We repressed some folks.

One Eyed Jack's picture

If you like your police state you can keep your police state.

JamesBond's picture

If I want my Rat Patrol and I keep my Rat Patrol?

WTFUD's picture

The only good cop or politician is a dead one.

falconflight's picture

Pols, educators, lawyers, bureaucrats, police.  Not necessarily in that order.

Mad Muppet's picture

Cops. When seconds count they're only minutes away.

dexter_morgan's picture

Better start giving the police forces military weapons and vehicles so we can keep them all safe.......