FBI Report Accidentally Exposes the Severity of the Police State

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Written by: Carey Wedler at theantimedia.org

 

A recently published FBI report accidentally proves that while the police claim cops face growing threats from rowdy populationslike in Fergusonthe 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 inaccidentsnamely, automobile (ironically, of the 23 killed in car accidents, 14 were not wearing seat beltsa 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 assaulteda 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. b21_15207138

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 murdered23 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 killedbut 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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Source: http://theantimedia.org/fbi-report-accidentally-exposes-the-severity-of-the-police-state/

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I am not surprised. the media is no different. every time a member of there news team dies they have a story about it. i am sure no one is happy when any one dies for any reason but the news media is not more important then any one else. seems every week American solders die in the war and not a lot is said about it. but when 4 Americans ( close friends of government official’s ) die in Benghazi we should all be appalled and get pissed off about it? when people feel special they seem to create a double standard.

    • Article is a restating of something everyone knows. Which is a good thing! We need to spread the message. Kids are only worried about games for a certain period of time. We have to prepare them for what is to come, even if it means engaging with them for a little bit. They will most likely have little interest as their concerns (of pure bliss) are of much more priority. But when life hits them and they can either be a sheep or a free mind. We can’t lose anymore to the herder. We MUST think for ourselves and learn to reason. Let it be known that 5-10 years from now we will be in, if not war/rebellion, then martial law. And the more compliant people become as a result of fear, the less our spiritual presence exist, thus eliminating the free minded and leaving the world of sheep to be directed by those who think they pull the strings. No one is smarter than us (not as anon but as a humans). Some might have more knowledge, but the gap can be easily closed with some determination and the death of fear. We can’t do this with our generation alone, it must be passed down. We cannot leave our children of the future in the dark. We must educate. Provide your children with a free mind. Allow them to fail, and allow them to decipher things on their own. We are ALL SMART young and old. Let the young pick up where we leave off which will hopefully be good enough for them to keep going.

  2. .005 is half a percent in the math this article is providing. I am in full support of the message here, but wanted to make sure it wasn’t lost on inaccuracy.

  3. Why is it that most can’t see it? To me, all of the injustices are slapping me in my face, and continue to do so. Everything they say, “We’re not here to hurt you, we’re here to help!” is a lie. People who mind their own and have run ins, like me, know this.

  4. Good morning folks, spent most of the night spreading your messages out to the people. some saw the light and many think im a nut for trying to help you show people the truth about the fed government. its a shame those walk around in life thinking only what the governments want them to think, i have noticed this generation growing up behind me only cares about getting their hands on a new game system and not stopping the murder of billions of innocent people across the globe. any ways, thanks for showing me the light.and for bring light in dark areas of the government corruption. we have many things in common. peace yall.

  5. Why am I not surprised that this would happen, a group like us is better organised then the
    FBI
    CIA
    Any of the police’
    Any government

    I find it sad that More people then not are scared of us. It is actually quite funny.

  6. There are probably enough videos posted on the Web of civilians being killed by cops to out number their published death figures.

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