Posted: 5:20 pm Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Report: Feds do not track police killings, crimes 

By George Mathis

The federal government pitched in $47 million to fund Atlanta's streetcar. That's about $47 million more than was spent to track the number of non-criminals killed by U.S. police. (AJC file photo)

The federal government pitched in $47 million to fund Atlanta’s streetcar. That’s about $47 million more than was spent to track the number of non-criminals killed by U.S. police. (AJC file photo)

How many people were killed by police in the United States last year?

The answer? No one knows.

The federal government, which tracks the online activity of millions of Americans, doesn’t track the total number of people killed by police.

The Washington Times reports the FBI tracks the number of times police kill convicted felons — what it calls “justifiable homicides” — but does not track how many people who have not been convicted of a crime have been killed.

For the last few years, the number of justifiable homicides has been “steady,” about 400 people a year.

In 2012, the last year for which data is available, 410 felons were killed by police. In the same year, the FBI says 47 law enforcement officials were killed by criminals.

The South is by far the most dangerous region to be a cop — 22 officers were killed as a result of criminal acts here, eight officers in the West, six officers in the Northeast, five in the Midwest, and six officers were killed in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Another news nugget?

The Justice Department, which would prosecute police in civil rights cases, does not list crimes committed by police in its annual compendium of crime statistics, according to The Washington Times.

The feds also do not track how many times police are prosecuted in killings that were not considered “justified.”

The Los Angeles Times says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is visiting Ferguson today, should announce the federal government will begin tracking the death of all civilians at the hands of law enforcement.

I don’t have all the answers, but that sounds like a better use of public funds than a $3 million study that put shrimp on a treadmill.

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14 comments
AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Thanks for the facts George!  And I would love to try one of those SUPER HOP IPA you making! 

EdUktr
EdUktr

In any given week 30-40 people are shot in Chicago, mostly in black on black violence. This too is seemingly off the radar screen—certainly that of the liberal media and the White House.

See if you can get answers, George!

ref: http://tinyurl.com/k99rtvl

Bearhand
Bearhand

@EdUktr Where did you get your information? 20 to 30 murders a weekend would be 1,040 to 1,560 murders a year. In 2012, The FBI reported that Chicago had 500 murders and in 2013 it was 440. The only information I could find that detailed the race of the victims for Chicago was a police report that detailed the years from 1991 to 2011. In that report the number of black murder victims has steadily decreased from 744 in 1992 to 326 in 2011. In Chicago, over that time period, blacks have made up over 70% of the murder victims. So that part is true, but you assertion that 1,040 to 1,560 murders a year are happening is completely off-base. And your claim that the number and types of murders in Chicago is off the radar is also completely false. All you have to do is google "Black Murder Victims Chicago" and page after page from newspapers scroll up.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@Bearhand @EdUktr


Amazing that you somehow find these facts and somehow, someway EdUktr comes up with his bias racial facts that disparagingly paints the African American community in such bad light. I think he finds these "statics" in his bias undertone approach like he always finds them...on blogs that have to do with race.  It gets old, tiring and just sad.  We pity you EdUktr...we pity you!

EdUktr
EdUktr

@AnsweredTHIS @Bearhand @EdUktr

Believe me—I'd LOVE to report that 73% of black children are no longer being abandoned by their fathers, that more black males are succeeding in school and that inner-city crime rates are no longer frightening ...

Wouldn't anyone?


AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@EdUktr @AnsweredTHIS @Bearhand


I cant believe that! You skew your "information" every post you get on to make and it is ALWAYS about race.  You are a race baiter and it gets OLD!  This blatant lie you just posted about 73% is just an all out lie!  I cant talk with someone that knows he is spewing hate and lies.  You are officially denied permission to spew your hate my way.  Go find a racist blog somewhere so you all can jump on your bandwagon of hate and lies and feel good about the lies you post.  

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@EdUktr @AnsweredTHIS @Bearhand


And since you want to go all factoid on your little article how about pull the piece out that says this!


"Once largely limited to poor women and minorities, motherhood without marriage has settled deeply into middle America. The fastest growth in the last two decades has occurred among white women in their 20s who have some college education but no four-year degree, according to Child Trends, a Washington research group that analyzed government data."


Who is the fastest growth among? If you really read this article ( you can read cant you or do you just race bait?) you would see that this has become a problem with WOMEN in general.  Shut up race baiter and go google some more articles that you can skew the facts on! 

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@EdUktr @AnsweredTHIS @Bearhand


Believe me—I'd LOVE to report that 73% of black children are no longer being abandoned by their fathers,


THAT is what your comment said! Born outside of marriage and abandoned are two different things.  


Once again you skew the stats to fit your race bait.  Go away! 

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Clarkkent1972 @AnsweredTHIS @EdUktr @Bearhand

You know what? I've been wrong. Illegitimacy, crime and academic failure aren't so bad. Guess it's a just a "glass-is-half-full/empty" kind of thing, eh?

Thanks for helping us see the light!

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@EdUktr @Clarkkent1972 @AnsweredTHIS @Bearhand


What you are wrong about is making everything about race PERIOD! Stop it and bring some solutions to the conversation and stop with so much hate! It is draining and life sucking! If you so want to hate on a people for the color of their skin go elsewhere and do it and allow people that want to find solutions instead of spew hate the opportunity to do so!