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If this happened in a book, you’d think the writer was being way too anvilicious about the moral January 20, 2016

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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People killed by police, 2015. 1204 total.

“In May, the Washington Post analyzed the 385 fatal police shootings in the United States that had occurred so far in 2015. The Post noted its number, which came out to two officer-involved shooting deaths per day, was more than twice the rate that the government had recorded over the past decade.

“While some have blamed violent crime for being responsible for police violence in some communities, data shows that high levels of violent crime in cities did not appear to make it any more or less likely for police departments to kill people.

MLK’s hatemail sounds eerily familiar: “These messages could have been written yesterday in the comments of a Facebook post as easily as they were on stationery or in a telegram 50 years ago.”

“The college student had been enjoying a long weekend at the lake with friends when the trooper pulled him over for boating while intoxicated. The trooper then, according to Ellingson’s friends who watched the arrest, placed an already buckled life vest over the handcuffed man’s head and didn’t properly secure it. […] Divers recovered the college student’s body the next day from the lake bottom, about 70 feet below the surface.

“The officers were randomly assigned to be told that the children in the photographs were accused of either a misdemeanor or felony charge. The officers overestimate the age of black felony-suspected children by close to five years, but they actually underestimated the age of white felony-suspected children by nearly a year.

Recently in “if this happened in a book, you’d think the writer was being way too anvilicious about the moral”: Black teenager stopped and thrown in a police car while he was taking a holiday turkey to the neighbors.

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