Why Is There No Accountability?

This goes back many many years….ever wondered why when police kill someone they seldom pay for their action? (Yes I know not all the shootings are for no reason so cool your goddamn jets and read the post)

981: the number of people in the US shot and killed by police in 2020.

That is right….about 2% of all police killings come with a penalty for their action….

Ever wonder why? (I ask again)

In the US, police almost never face serious criminal charges for an on-duty shooting or killing.

Since 2005, 126 police officers have been arrested for murder or manslaughter due to an on-duty shooting, according to data from Philip Matthew Stinson, a criminal justice expert at Bowling Green State University who has been tracking the data for years. That amounts to fewer than eight prosecutions a year.

About 1,000 fatal police shootings are reported each year in the US — so the arrest rate is around 1 percent, never higher than 2 percent. Some, perhaps most, shootings are justified. But the number of police officers prosecuted “seems extremely low to me,” Stinson told me. “In my opinion, it’s got to be that more of the fatal shootings are unjustified.”

Of those 126 officers, just 44 were convicted (with 31 cases still pending). Many of those convictions came on lesser charges: Just seven officers have been convicted of murder in police shootings since 2005, with their prison sentences ranging from 81 months to life. The remaining 37 were convicted on charges ranging from manslaughter to official misconduct, in some cases serving no prison time.

After the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, as the Black Lives Matter movement grew more prominent, there was an uptick in prosecutions: From 2005 to 2014, about five police officers were prosecuted a year. Starting with 2015, the average is up to roughly 13 a year — meaning cops are now prosecuted in less than 2 percent of fatal shootings, up from less than 1 percent. And convictions have increased from fewer than three a year before 2015 to more than three since 2015.

But that’s still a tiny fraction of fatal police shootings. “It’s very low,” Stinson said. As for the increase in prosecution numbers: “I don’t see systemic change.”

https://www.vox.com/21497089/police-prosecutions-black-lives-matter-breonna-taylor-george-floyd

Sadly this will never cease for the people we elect do not care about the justice they preach…..

There are ideas to improve things (not that they will ever be enacted)…..https://lobotero.com/2020/06/08/8-point-plan-to-end-police-brutality/

Every American should be appalled at the amount of police violence that goes unchecked….but that would not fir the pathetic narrative they want us to believe.

There is a bill in Congress that would make all allegations public…..

State, local, and federal governments have spent billions of dollars over the past decade settling police misconduct cases, which include everything from deadly shootings to neglect. For example, the Louisville Police Department paid out $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in her home in March.

But most settlements don’t make the news and law enforcement agencies are not uniformly required to make that information publicly available.

As a result, taxpayers in many localities are left to their own devices to ascertain how much of their money goes towards police settlements, and to what degree state and local government budgets are impacted by the payments is unclear. Also often obscured are important details about the people involved — what happens to the officers who commit misconduct, particularly when cases don’t receive national attention, and who the people affected by negative police action are.

https://www.vox.com/22174400/cost-police-misconduct-act-beyer-allegations-settlements-public

Let’s get behind this bill to make accountability mean something.

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14 thoughts on “Why Is There No Accountability?

  1. In the whole of Great Britain during 2020, just four people were shot dead by armed police.

    Graham Trinder 8 November 2020 Swindon, England Wiltshire Police Direct Wiltshire Police reported attending a call of two men “arguing in the street”, during this incident, a man was shot dead by a responding officer.

    Badreddin Abadlla Adam 26 June 2020 Glasgow, Scotland Police Scotland Direct Adam was shot by Armed officers after he stabbed several people at the Park Inn Hotel in Glasgow.

    Hassan Yahya 8 March 2020 Westminster, London City of London Police[5] Direct Shot after challenging officers with knives.

    Sudesh Amman 2 February 2020 Streatham, London Metropolitan Police Direct Shot after stabbing three people with a machete while wearing a fake explosive belt.

    As you can see from the list, all four were judged justifiable shootings.
    We rarely have your problem over here, chuq.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. As you point out, chuq, we need both accountability and transparency, neither of which are currently popular, but both of which must and can grow, as we continue to push for it.
    Thank you for pushing for a better world, and
    Stay safe,
    -Shira

  3. In modern times, American Police are more than seriously outgunned by the criminals and the crazies and restrictive police budgets have made it impossible for every officer in the field to have a partner to watch his or her back … and all of this leads to a lot of paranoia among the police .. and this leads to more sensitive trigger fingers … because a cop in a confrontation, can lose his or her life in a matter of seconds because they hesitate to fire their weapons to save their lives. The probability is that not enough police fire their weapons often enough!

    1. Most of the people being killed are not outgunning the police….the shoot first without any thought otherwise is not a good police tactic….they had rather kill than do their job. chuq

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